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

November/December 2019

Update on the Next Generation STS National Database

The second round of user testing begins this month for the next generation STS National Database. As we incorporate user feedback into the phased-in launch, participant feedback also is being used to make updates to STS Public Reporting for the Congenital Heart Surgery Database and the very complex congenital risk model.

STS President Robert S.D. Higgins, MD, MSHA, and First Vice President Joseph A. Dearani, MD, provided more details in an announcement released on November 19. 

Read the announcement now, and look to this box for updates on the various milestones as we prepare for the launch in January 2020

AQO Wrap-Up and Last Chance to Claim CME
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.

If you did attend AQO, Friday, November 29, 2019, is the extended meeting evaluation period. This is your last chance to claim continuing education credit and evaluate the meeting. Visit

Data Collection Updates
The latest training manual (v3.41), which also serves as the data dictionary, is published on the GTSD Data Collection page and 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.) 

View Checklist for Transition to IQVIA, Watch Webinars about Upcoming GTSD Changes
A checklist is available for data managers to provide educational materials, information on accounts and roles, and system browser checks to prepare for the transition to IQVIA on January 1. Additionally, recordings from the first two GTSD 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 and the transition to IQVIA as the Society’s new data warehouse.

Data Harvests
Spring 2020 Harvest data submissions will continue to be accepted through December 1, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern. Once the Data Warehouse transition to IQVIA is complete, the Spring 2020 Harvest will re-open for data submissions on January 1, 2020. Please note that as of January 1, 2020, participants will be submitting data files to IQVIA. See more details in the 2019 harvest schedule

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: 

  • A plenary session, The Next Generation STS National Database: The Future Is Now
  • Sessions such as Using the STS National Database for Research and Lung Cancer Big Data
  • Keynote lectures from Drs. Clyde W. Yancy and Bartley P. Griffith

Check out the Registration and Housing brochure for more details, and register today.

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month
In conjunction with Lung Cancer Awareness Month, now available on the Society’s patient website are various blog articles featuring topics related to this deadly disease: “Lung Cancer Prevention,” “Should I Be Screened for Lung Cancer?,” and “What Is Recovery from Lung Cancer Surgery Really Like?”. 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