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

September/October 2019

Update on the Next Generation STS National Database

As we move closer to launching the next generation STS National Database in early 2020, surgeons and data managers are working with STS and IQVIA to develop enhanced data collection and reporting tools that will make it easier to visualize and interact with your data. During this year’s AQO Meeting (October 23-25 in New Orleans), IQVIA will display the new cloud-based, interactive dashboards and demonstrate how you can easily sort your data, conduct targeted searches, and compare your outcomes to various benchmarks. Acceptance testing begins next month, and pilot testing begins in November.


View New STS Public Reporting Results
The latest public reporting results from the STS National Database are now available on the STS Public Reporting Online microsite. These results include outcomes from the General Thoracic Surgery Database for lung cancer lobectomy procedures and, for the first time, esophagectomy composite measure results. For more information, contact Sydney Clinton at sclinton@sts.org.


Deadlines Approach for Data Harvest and Participant Contact Information
Please note the  important GTSD deadlines coming up this month:

  • Friday, September 20: Data Submission for the Fall 2019 Harvest closes at 5:00 p.m. ET. The opt-out date is September 23. Please ensure that all data for the July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2019 reporting period are entered by this date. Refer to the 2019 harvest schedule for additional details. Fall reports will be posted at the end of December. STS has a continuous data harvest, which means that you can submit any data to the Data Warehouse at any time, even current data that will not be included in the next analysis period.  
  • Thursday, October 31: Make sure to update your site’s contact information (including participating surgeons and anesthesiologists) via the web-based Participant Contact Form. 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 pcf@sts.org

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. Recent FAQs added to the training manual include:

  • Page 186 (Seq. 2980): Should the DeMeester score be abstracted as the final score or as the highest score throughout the whole testing period? For example, a patient has a final score of 19, but on Day 2 of testing, the score is 31. Would the score of 19 be abstracted or should the score of 31 be written down? Use 19, the score when testing is completed. 

Final Days to Register for AQO Meeting
The 2019 Advances in Quality & Outcomes: A Data Managers Meeting is next month! There is still time to register for this important conference, October 23-25 in New Orleans. The general thoracic sessions on Wednesday will provide guidance on abstracting and coding for lung and esophageal cancer data collection elements, thymus cases, and the hiatal hernia section of the data collection form, among other topics. Register today and reserve your housing at the Marriott New Orleans; registration also will be available onsite.

The Society's new data warehouse, IQVIA, will provide valuable information for the 2020 next generation launch during the AQO Meeting. This will be your opportunity to experience the new IQVIA Registry Platform (IRP) Uploader, the Data Quality Report format, and the new IRP Participant Dashboard Reports. You will be able to participate in interactive sessions with IQVIA implementation experts and learn about the user acceptance testing approach and plan. This will be a great opportunity to provide feedback and ideas.


Lobectomy Information Available for Patients
The Society’s patient website, ctsurgerypatients.org, offers immediate and easy access to expert, multimedia content on cardiothoracic diseases and operations. The Procedures section now includes a Lobectomy page, which explains this treatment option, how to prepare for it, and the recovery process. 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 jbagley@sts.org


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