STS National Database News: ACSD Edition, November/December 2019

November/December 2019

Update on the Next Generation STS National Database

The second round of user testing begins this month for the next generation STS National Database. As we incorporate user feedback into the phased-in launch, participant feedback also is being used to make updates to STS Public Reporting for the Congenital Heart Surgery Database and the very complex congenital risk model.

STS President Robert S.D. Higgins, MD, MSHA, and First Vice President Joseph A. Dearani, MD, provided more details in an announcement released on November 19. 

Read the announcement now, and look to this box for updates on the various milestones as we prepare for the launch in January 2020

AQO Wrap-Up and Last Chance to Claim CME  
If you weren’t able to attend the recent Advances in Quality & Outcomes: A Data Managers Meeting in New Orleans, you can access various resources from the meeting: photos are available in the Society’s flickr album and presentations, including responses to all Q&As, are accessible on the STS website.   

You also can view posters, such as the presentation that earned the Dorothy Latham Poster Award: “A Collaborative Approach to Improving Preoperative Beta-Blocker Therapy Compliance on CABG Patients,” by Charina Ballesteros, MSN, RN, CCRN-K, Milagros Masri, PA-C, and Leandro Dimi, RRT, CPFT, from Hackensack, New Jersey.

If you did attend AQO, Friday, November 29, 2019, is the extended meeting evaluation period. This is your last chance to claim continuing education credit and evaluate the meeting. Visit  

View Checklist for Transition to IQVIA, Watch Webinars about Upcoming ACSD Changes
A checklist is available for data managers to provide educational materials, information on accounts and roles, and system browser checks to prepare for the transition to IQVIA on January 1. Additionally, recordings from the first two ACSD webinars, along with Q&As, are available on the STS National Database Webinar page. Discussion topics include a status report on what you can expect during the phase 1 launch and the transition to IQVIA as the Society’s new data warehouse.  

Data Harvest Close 
Data Submission 4, which contains data through September 30, 2019, will close on November 22, 2019. Data Submission 1 for 2020, which contains data through December 31, 2019, will open early January using the new IQVIA platform. The 2020 harvest schedule will be available on the STS Harvest Schedule page once finalized.

Mark Your Calendars for the STS Annual Meeting
Registration and housing are now open for the STS 56th Annual Meeting, January 25-28 in New Orleans. This will be the perfect opportunity to meet with STS Database staff, IQVIA representatives, and regional data managers. Some of the featured educational content for 2020 includes: 

  • A plenary session, The Next Generation STS National Database: The Future Is Now
  • Sessions such as Using the STS National Database for Research and Advanced Heart Failure
  • Keynote lectures from Drs. Clyde W. Yancy and Bartley P. Griffith

Check out the Registration and Housing brochure for more details, and register today

Cardiac Rhythm Disturbances Information Available for Patients   
The Society’s patient website,, offers immediate and easy access to expert, multimedia content on cardiothoracic diseases and operations. The Cardiac Rhythm Disturbances page includes detailed information on the types, causes and symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options, as well as recommendations for recovery. If you interact with patients at your institution, make sure to share this important resource—handouts are available for download in both English and Spanish. If you have feedback or questions about the patient website, contact Jennifer Bagley at