STS National Database News: GTSD Edition, May/June 2019

May/June 2019

Learn Exciting News about the STS National Database
The STS National Database is undergoing a major transformation that will both enhance and optimize your current Database experience. The Society is partnering with a leading global provider of advanced technology solutions to speed innovation, incorporate a cloud-based system, and dramatically streamline data collection. These changes not only represent the next generation STS National Database, but they also mean easier, real-time access to your data for quality improvement that will lead to better patient outcomes. Learn more about these changes in a video featuring Drs. Bob Higgins, Vinay Badhwar, Felix Fernandez, and Tom MacGillivray. Answers to frequently asked questions about the transformation are available online, with the launch date planned for January 2020.

Data Collection Updates
The latest training manual (v2.41) published on the General Thoracic Surgery Database (GTSD) Data Collection page was updated in May and contains important information to help with data abstraction. If you are unable to see the bookmarked updates, try viewing the manual using Internet Explorer or Google Chrome. Updates are posted at the beginning of each month. 

Data Harvests
The Fall 2019 Harvest began April 1 and closes at 5:00 p.m. ET on September 20, 2019. This submission will include surgery dates from January 1, 2016, through June 30, 2019. Please submit data no later than 1 week before the closing date if you want a Data Quality Report in time to submit changes. It is highly recommended that you submit data as frequently as possible rather than waiting until the harvest closing date. See more details in the 2019 harvest schedule

AQO Abstract Submission Deadline Approaches 
May 31, 2019 is the deadline to submit abstracts for Advances in Quality & Outcomes: A Data Managers Meeting. This conference, October 23-25 in New Orleans, is the perfect forum to share valuable research and important clinical findings with hundreds of peers. Registration and housing for AQO will open soon. Reminder: All authors listed on the abstract are required to fill out a disclosure form before your abstract will be considered. Add your name to the interest list if you would like to be notified when registration opens. The preliminary agenda has been posted on the STS website.

Lung Surgery Information for Patients
The Society’s patient website,, provides easily understandable information on cardiothoracic diseases and how they are treated using text, videos, graphics, and animations. Various blog articles have been added for lung surgery patients, including “Questions That I Wish My Lung Surgery Patient Would Ask Me,” “A Family’s Unexpected Journey with Lung Cancer,” and “What Is Enhanced Recovery in Thoracic Surgery, and Why Should It Matter to Patients?”. 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.