STS National Database News: CHSD Edition, November/December 2018

November/December 2018

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New CHSD Version Begins January 1
Version 3.41 of the CHSD will go into effect on January 1, 2019. Make sure to familiarize yourself with the new data specifications and the changes from version 3.3. The v3.41 Data Collection Form that previously was posted on the STS website has been taken down due to an error; the corrected form will be made available as soon as possible. Check the Data Collection Resources webpage for updates.


Submit Data for Spring 2019 Harvest; Fall Reports Posted Soon
Data submission for the Spring 2019 harvest is currently open and will close on March 22, 2019. Please ensure that all data for the January 1, 2015, through December 31, 2018, reporting period is entered by this date. Consult the 2019 harvest schedule for details. Additionally, Data Analysis Reports for the Fall 2018 harvest will be released by the end of this month.

As a reminder, you must now use the new username and password for the data submission portal that were sent in late November to all Primary and Backup Data and File Contacts, as well as Data Quality Report Recipients. If you have questions, contact your Data Submission Coordinator.


Register for the STS Annual Meeting
Registration and housing are open for the STS 55th Annual Meeting, January 27-29 in San Diego, California. A number of presentations and sessions will focus on teamwork in cardiothoracic surgery, quality improvement, patient safety, and the STS National Database, including:

  • Richard E. Clark Memorial Papers
  • The Multidisciplinary Team: How We Do It
  • Research Using the STS National Database
  • Quality Improvement in Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Patient Safety Symposium: Innovation and Safety in the Digital Era—From EHRs to Cybersecurity

Check out the Program, Registration, and Housing brochure for more details, and register todayThe deadline to receive the special STS rate at official meeting hotels is Thursday, January 3.


Pre-Order AQO Online
If you weren’t able to attend the recent Advances in Quality & Outcomes (AQO): A Data Managers Meeting in Los Angeles, you can still experience the exceptional content delivered during the meeting by purchasing AQO Online. Pre-order just the Congenital Heart Surgery Database sessions or a complete set. New for 2018, AQO Online includes the ability to earn CE or CEU credit. Note: Meeting attendees will be given free online access to the sessions for which they were registered. For more information, contact Emily Conrad.


Sign Up as a Mentor or Mentee
The STS National Database mentorship program pairs experienced data managers with those who are seeking advice related to data abstraction. After filling out a questionnaire, potential mentors and mentees will be matched based on Database type, experience in specific areas, and other factors. To apply, please fill out the appropriate form. If you have questions about the program, contact Emily Conrad.


New FAQs Posted
If you’re feeling stumped on an abstraction question, review the list of frequently asked questions and answers to see if someone else has had the same issue. If you have a question that you’d like answered, fill out the Clinical Question Request Form.