STS National Database News: CHSD Edition, March/April 2021

March/April 2021

Data Managers Receive Free Registration to AQO 2021

The Society recently sent an email to all CHSD contacts regarding delays and challenges related to the phased rollout of the next-generation STS National Database. As a courtesy in recognition of these challenges, STS is offering free registration to all STS National Database data managers for the upcoming Advances in Quality & Outcomes (AQO): A Data Managers Meeting. AQO will be a virtual meeting, held October 12-15. Free registration will help ensure that data managers attend the educational sessions and have a solid understanding of the dashboards and tools developed for quality improvement initiatives. 

Audit Letters Mail Soon

STS National Database audits are designed to complement internal quality controls by examining the accuracy, consistency, and completeness of the data collected within the Database. Ten percent of participating sites are selected at random for an independent audit. If your site is affected, you will receive a letter containing details and instructions.

2020 Analyses Coming before Spring Harvest Close

The Data Analysis Report for the spring 2020 harvest is projected for delivery this spring, when IQVIA completes the final phase of the CHSD reporting dashboard buildout. To help ensure that participants have access to their 2020 reports prior to the Spring 2021 Harvest close, the close date has been postponed. Participants will receive an advance notice of at least 2 weeks prior to the new—yet to be determined—date. In the meantime, STS encourages data managers to continue using open submission to ensure clean and accurate data.

Revisit the CHSD User Group Webinar

The webinar held on March 23 included an IQVIA presentation on risk-adjusted analytical reports, the issues being addressed by IQVIA, and a look at the CHSD risk-adjusted dashboard and benchmark reports. This webinar covered functional topics in the Q&A session; clinical questions can be addressed via the STS Clinical Question Request Form

Help Patients Understand Ventricular Septal Defect

The STS patient website,, offers your patients immediate and easy access to expert, multimedia content on cardiothoracic diseases and operations. For congenital heart surgery patients, the Ventricular Septal Defect page covers causes, symptoms, and treatment options, complete with an animation of the blood flow difference in those with the condition. 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. Contact Jennifer Bagley at with feedback or questions about the patient website.