STS National Database News: ACSD Edition, September/October 2019

September/October 2019

Update on the Next Generation STS National Database

As we move closer to launching the next generation STS National Database in early 2020, surgeons and data managers are working with STS and IQVIA to develop enhanced data collection and reporting tools that will make it easier to visualize and interact with your data. During this year’s AQO Meeting (October 23-25 in New Orleans), IQVIA will display the new cloud-based, interactive dashboards and demonstrate how you can easily sort your data, conduct targeted searches, and compare your outcomes to various benchmarks. Acceptance testing begins next month, and pilot testing begins in November.

Data Collection Updates 
The latest training manual (v2.9) published on the ACSD Data Collection page was revised in September and contains important information to help with data abstraction. Updates are posted at the beginning of each month. (Note: The updates are shown as bookmarks and are easily seen using Internet Explorer. If you prefer to use Google Chrome or another browser, you may have to download the PDF and open the bookmarks manually in Adobe Acrobat.) 

2020 Specifications Upgrade
Work continues on the specification upgrade that goes into effect next July. Stay tuned for more information on the anticipated changes, including an approximate 30% reduction in the number of data collection fields, making it easier for data managers to enter cases. Starting in November, STS will offer monthly live webinars, which will review what to expect with the 2020 upgrade.

Final Days to Register for AQO Meeting
The 2019 Advances in Quality & Outcomes: A Data Managers Meeting is next month! There is still time to register for this important conference, October 23-25 in New Orleans. The adult cardiac sessions on Thursday will provide guidance on abstracting and coding for the aorta data collection elements, mitral valve cases, and the hemodynamics/echo section of the data collection form, among other topics. Register today and reserve your housing at the Marriott New Orleans; registration also will be available onsite.

This meeting will be your opportunity to experience the new IQVIA Registry Platform (IRP) Uploader, Data Quality Report format, and new IRP Participant Dashboard Reports. You will be able to participate in interactive sessions with IQVIA implementation experts, learn about the user acceptance testing approach/plan, and provide feedback and ideas for high-level changes that will be made to the Data Collection Form.

View New STS Public Reporting Results
The latest public reporting results from the STS National Database are now available on the STS Public Reporting Online microsite. These results include outcomes from the Adult Cardiac Surgery Database for isolated coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), isolated aortic valve replacement (AVR), AVR+CABG, isolated mitral valve repair and replacement (MVRR), and MVRR+CABG surgeries. Consent forms for new enrollees are due Monday, October 7. For more information, contact Sydney Clinton at

Update Your Site Info by October 31 
Make sure to update your site’s contact information (including participating surgeons and anesthesiologists) via the web-based Participant Contact Form. To add, update, or deactivate a contact, please complete the “Contacts and Role Information Section.” When adding surgeons, attach a signed Schedule A. When adding anesthesiologists, attach a signed Schedule B. If you have any questions, contact

Data Harvest Open
As a reminder, STS has a continuous data harvest, which means that you can submit any data to the Data Warehouse at any time, even current data that will not be included in the next analysis period. Data Submission 4, which contains data through September 30, 2019, will close on November 22, 2019. Harvest Submission 3 reports should be ready by the end of October. Refer to the 2019 harvest schedule for additional details.

Sign Up for Database Mentorship Program
The STS National Database mentorship program will pair experienced data managers with those who are seeking advice related to data abstraction. After filling out questionnaires, potential mentors and mentees will be matched based on Database type, experience in specific areas, and other factors. To apply as either a mentor or mentee, please complete the appropriate form. You will be notified once you have been matched. If you have questions about the program, contact Emily Conrad at

Atrial Fibrillation Information Available for Patients
The Society’s patient website,, offers immediate and easy access to expert, multimedia content on cardiothoracic diseases and operations. The Atrial Fibrillation page includes detailed information on the types of Afib, causes and symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options, as well as what it’s like to live with the disease. 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