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

November/December 2019

Update on the Next Generation STS National Database

As we prepare for the phase 1 launch of the next generation STS National Database in early 2020, please keep an eye on your inbox for an email from IQVIA, our new data warehouse, which will be distributing user names and passwords to Database participants and data managers.

You can expect the login information the week of January 6 for the ACSD, the week of January 13 for the GTSD, and the week of February 3 for the CHSD. Beta testers will receive their credentials in advance of those dates. 

Watch this box for the latest information about the exciting Database transformation or go to  

AQO Wrap-Up
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. 

View Checklist for Transition to IQVIA, Watch Webinars about Upcoming CHSD Changes 
A checklist is available to help data managers prepare for the transition to IQVIA, the Society’s new data warehouse. The checklist includes links to educational materials, forms to update your contact information and user roles, and system browser checks. The first phase of the next generation STS National Database will launch in January for the Adult Cardiac and General Thoracic Surgery Databases and on February 10 for the CHSD. Additionally, recordings from the first three CHSD 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. 

Update Your Site Info for IQVIA Account Creation
If you have not done so already, make sure to update your site’s contact information (including participating surgeons and anesthesiologists) via the web-based Participant Contact Form. It is important that the form is completed as soon as possible because accounts for the new IQVIA platforms will be created soon. 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

Download STS Data Analysis Reports from DCRI
Monday, March 1, 2020, is the extended date to download all STS Data Analysis Reports from the DCRI report module. Immediate access to the reports will be unavailable after this date.

Data Collection Updates
The latest training manual (v3.41), which also serves as the data dictionary, was published on the CHSD Data Collection page in December. It contains important information to help with data abstraction. (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.) 

Mentee 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. STS has CHSD mentors in the queue waiting to be paired with mentees. 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 Susan Becker at

Info Helps Patients, Families Prepare for Congenital Heart Surgery
The Society’s patient website,, offers immediate and easy access to expert, multimedia content on cardiothoracic diseases and operations. A recent blog article on “Preparing for Your Child’s Heart Surgery: Life in the Cardiac ICU,” by Dr. Jennifer Nelson, answers questions that families may have about life in the cardiac intensive care unit. 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