Next Generation STS National Database FAQs

A major transformation is coming to the STS National Database and three of its component databases—the Adult Cardiac Surgery Database (ACSD), the General Thoracic Surgery Database (GTSD), and the Congenital Heart Surgery Database (CHSD). Watch a video about the transformation featuring Drs. Robert Higgins, Vinay Badhwar, Felix Fernandez, and Tom MacGillivray.

The Society has partnered with IQVIA, a leading global provider of technology solutions to become the new warehouse for the Database; the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI) will remain the analytics center for the Database.

This new partner will help speed innovation, incorporate a cloud-based system, significantly streamline data collection (ACSD), offer real-time data access, and provide new dashboard reporting.

The most commonly asked questions and answers are below. If you have additional questions, please contact

When will the transition take place?

The background work is well under way, with the official launch scheduled for January 1, 2020.

Why is this change happening?

We have recognized that there are opportunities to enhance and optimize the current Database experience, and we’ve listened to participant concerns; the feedback was loud and clear and became a pivotal part of our strategy. STS is making a significant investment in this initiative.

Can we continue using our current vendors?

Yes, you can continue working with your current vendors, but you won’t have to—unless you want to—after January 1, 2020.

How will the transition take place?

You will be contacted later this year with information about how to obtain credentials to access your participant account, submit your data, and retrieve your reports.

Can we see a preview?

Yes, we will demo the new dashboard and provide other important information at Advances in Quality & Outcomes: A Data Managers Meeting, October 23-25 in New Orleans.

Will we be able to access our old reports on the new system?

We encourage you to download all of your reports from DCRI before the end of the year. Limited access will be available to old reports in the new system.

Are we no longer working with DCRI?

DCRI will continue to perform analytics for the STS National Database. You will submit your data through your vendor software to IQVIA, rather than DCRI. IQVIA will validate and curate the data and then submit the data to DCRI for analysis. 

Will all of my participant data be available?

Yes. We will be migrating the last two data versions for each respective database. This is equivalent to approximately 6 years. Data older than two versions also will be migrated, but they won't be quickly available in the new platform. 

Are there any additional costs associated with the new registry?

No. All of the new, enhanced functionality will be at no additional cost. 

How do I access my Data Quality Report (DQR)?

DQRs will be available via the registry dashboard after data upload. It will have interactive links to aid in troubleshooting issues with your submitted files. 

Can I print or export reports?

Yes. All reports can be exported as PDFs and printed. 

Who can submit data from our site?

Primary and Back Up Data and File Contacts can submit data, as long as they have a username and password. 

Which browsers are supported for the new registry platform?

Windows Desktop

  • Internet Explorer version 10 and greater
  • Chrome version 54 and greater
  • Firefox version and 50 and greater
  • Microsoft Edge version 38 and greater


  • Safari version 10 and greater

Mobile and Tablet Devices

  • iOS (iOS6+)
  • Safari version 10 and greater
  • Android (4.0+)
  • Chrome version 54 and greater
How do I get training?

Training initially will occur via live webinars, with time for Q+A. Recordings of the webinars will be available online