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

September/October 2019

Update on the Next Generation STS National Database

User testing begins soon for the next generation STS National Database. A cross section of users—surgeons and data managers from across the country—will “test drive” the new dashboards and other technological enhancements. Expanded pilot testing will ramp up toward the end of the year.

During this year’s AQO Meeting (October 23-25 in New Orleans), attendees will see the new cloud-based, interactive dashboards, and the Society’s new data warehouse (IQVIA) will demonstrate how you can easily sort your data, conduct targeted searches, and compare your outcomes to various benchmarks. 

Participate in Live Webinar
Join STS in a live webinar on Thursday, October 17 at 4:00 p.m. Central Time (5:00 p.m. Eastern Time) to get an update on the exciting changes under way to the Congenital Heart Surgery Database (CHSD). Discussion topics will include a status report on the January 2020 launch of the next generation STS National Database, the transition to IQVIA as the Society’s new data warehouse, and a preview of the CHSD session at the upcoming Advances in Quality & Outcomes (AQO) Meeting. Registration is not required for the webinar, but you will need to sign in with your name and email address to participate. The webinar will be recorded and available online within a few days. View webinar information, or join the webinar directly

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 September. 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.) 

Final Days to Register for AQO Meeting
The 2019 AQO Meeting begins next week; however, there is still time to register for this important conference, October 23-25 in New Orleans. This year’s AQO Meeting will provide you with important and timely tips on improving data collection and abstraction, as well as information on how to run reports, STAT Scores, risk model variables, and much more. Register today and reserve your housing; registration also will be available onsite. If you need a personalized justification letter to attend the meeting, fill out this form.


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:

  • Updates on the next generation STS National Database
  • Sessions such as Using the STS National Database for Research and Utilizing the STS National Database in Your Daily Practice
  • A track on congenital heart surgery
  • Keynote lectures from Drs. Clyde W. Yancy and Bartley P. Griffith

Check out the Registration and Housing brochure for more details, and register today. Early bird rates are available through Tuesday, November 19.


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 Emily Conrad at

Before Congenital Heart Surgery Information Available for Patients
The Society’s patient website,, offers immediate and easy access to expert, multimedia content on cardiothoracic diseases and operations. The Before Congenital Heart Surgery page includes detailed information on what patients and their families should know about pre-operative testing, planning for surgery, and the night before surgery. 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