STS National Database Webinars

This webinar series will keep you informed about the latest STS National Database developments and help you fully utilize the technological advancements and new features that soon will be available. The webinars will be recorded and available on this page. If you would like to be notified of upcoming webinars, please provide your contact information.

ACSD Monthly Webinar
February 2 at 2:00 p.m. CT 

Call in: 888-475-4499 or 877-853-5257 or 312-626-6799
Webinar ID: 839 336 582
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ACSD User Group Call
February 16 at 2:00 p.m. CT 

Call in: 888-475-4499 or 877-853-5257 or 312-626-6799
Webinar ID: 338 714 200
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Past ACSD Webinars
December 15, 2021
This monthly user group call for ACSD data managers includes updates from STS and IQVIA, key upcoming dates, and a case presentation on proper procedures for capturing the deteriorating patient. Participant Q&A follows.
User Group Call   PDF    
December 1, 2021
This monthly webinar for ACSD data managers includes updates from STS and IQVIA, discussion and clarifications on the November training manual, and participant Q&A.
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November 17, 2021
This monthly user group call for ACSD data managers includes some STS and IQVIA housekeeping items, followed by attendee Q&A and user feedback.
User Group Call   PDF    
November 3, 2021
This monthly webinar includes STS updates and 2022 harvest deadlines, as well as a review of features included in the IQVIA release at the end of October. The remaining time is spent responding to data manager questions collected during AQO 2021.
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October 6, 2021
This monthly call for ACSD data managers included a number of STS and IQVIA updates on upcoming deadlines and ongoing platform issues and resolutions. The educational portion reviews FAQ updates for October, the 3-Year CABG Composite, and other volume requirements for STAR ratings.
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September 16, 2021
New Data Managers webinar: This webinar is highly recommended for all ACSD data managers who have been abstracting STS data for up to 2 years and encouraged for those who have more experience. Topics include National Database educational resources, data and software specifications, navigating Data Collection Forms and the training manual, the procedure ID chart, and more.
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September 15, 2021
This monthly call for ACSD data managers included an update on the schedule for future webinars, a look at IQVIA issues and releases, and audience Q&A.
User Group Call   PDF    
September 1, 2021
This monthly educational webinar for ACSD data managers includes information on harvest reports and IQVIA platform updates. Annie Kouchoukos, BSN, RN, Quality Assurance Coordinator, Mercy Health in Muskegon, Michigan, presents a walkthrough of the IQVIA Resource Library and its functionality.
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August 18, 2021
This monthly webinar includes a number of STS updates (including a change regarding minor data requests) and attendee Q&A.
User Group Call   PDF    
August 4, 2021
This monthly webinar provides guidance on the Harvest 3 close, an update on ongoing issues in the platform, and attendee Q&A.
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July 21, 2021
This monthly webinar provides a review of release updates and resolved issues, including to the risk adjusted dashboard reports, issues targeted in the next release, and attendee Q&A.
User Group Call   PDF    

For programs prior to this date, view the ACSD Webinar YouTube Playlist.


General Thoracic Surgery Database

GTSD User Group Call
January 26 at 2:30 p.m. CT

Call in: 888-475-4499 or 877-853-5257 or 312-626-6799
Webinar ID: 460 019 357
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GTSD Monthly Webinar
February 9 at 1:30 p.m. CT

Call in: 888-475-4499 or 877-853-5257 or 312-626-6799
Webinar ID: 771 371 213
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Past GTSD Webinars

For earlier programs, view the GTSD Webinar YouTube Playlist

January 12, 2022
A review of the 2022 change in COVID-positive patient exclusions, a forthcoming risk-adjusted report, and an educational review of hernia inclusion criteria and other submitted FAQs.
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December 8, 2021
Updates from STS and IQVIA, a reminder about harvest deadlines, and participant discussion and Q&A.
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November 10, 2021
Explications on recent FAQs and the newly developed quality composite measure for pulmonary resections performed for lung cancer, as well as STS updates on new harvest schedules and attendee Q&A.
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October 18, 2021
An explanation of new methodology to calculate percent missingness threshold, a review of harvest close procedures and data preparation best practices, and participant Q&A.
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September 29, 2021
New Data Manager Webinar: This webinar is highly recommended for all GTSD data managers who have been abstracting STS data for up to 2 years and encouraged for those who have more experience. Topics include National Database educational resources, data and software specifications, navigating Data Collection Forms and the training manual, keys to abstraction and data submission guidelines, and more.
Webinar   PDF
September 22, 2021
An explanation of the new analysis run with corrected missingness thresholds on the spring and fall 2020 harvest report, an update on ongoing IQVIA releases, and participant Q&A.
User Group Call   PDF
September 8, 2021
Updates on Fall harvest schedules, a review of STS FAQ Inbox procedures, IQVIA issues under review, and participant feedback and Q&A.
User Group Call   PDF
August 18, 2021
Updates on Fall harvest schedules, highlights of v5.21.1 and the latest version of the training manual, IQVIA issues under review, and participant Q&A.
User Group Call   PDF
August 11, 2021
An announcement about the fall harvest extension, answers to recent arrivals in the FAQ mailbox, an update on known IQVIA issues and resolutions, and audience Q&A.
Webinar   PDF
July 28, 2021
A preview of the Advances in Quality & Outcomes meeting in October and a detailed walk-through of the new v5.21.1 training manual.
User Group Call   PDF
July 16, 2021
A review of spring and fall harvest deadlines, a progress report on IQVIA issues, and attendee Q&A.
Webinar   PDF

Congenital Heart Surgery Database

CHSD User Group Call
February 1 at 12:00 p.m. CT 

Call in: 888-475-4499 or 877-853-5257 or 312-626-6799
Webinar ID: 576 785 195
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CHSD User Group Call
February 8 at 12:00 p.m. CT 

Call in: 888-475-4499 or 877-853-5257 or 312-626-6799
Webinar ID: 576 785 195
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CHSD Monthly Webinar
February 15 at 12:00 p.m. CT 

Call in: 888-475-4499 or 877-853-5257 or 312-626-6799
Webinar ID: 394 740 549
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Past CHSD Webinars

For earlier programs, view the CHSD Webinar YouTube Playlist

January 18, 2022
An update on the 6.22 data version upgrade, an educational session on new primary procedure determination rules and definition clarifications, an IQVIA update, and attendee Q&A.
Webinar   PDF
January 11, 2022
A review of the 2022 change in COVID-positive patient exclusions and upcoming harvest schedules, report enhancements coming from IQVIA, and participant Q&A.
User Group Call   PDF
December 7, 2021
A review of best practices for data submission for the upcoming harvest deadline, IQVIA updates and fixes on select dashboard reports, and attendee Q&A.
User Group Call   PDF
November 18, 2021
Updates on harvest deadlines, plus tips and tricks on proper harvest close procedures, user feedback, and attendee Q&A.
Webinar   PDF
November 2, 2021
Updates on harvest deadlines and items under review by IQVIA, user feedback, and attendee Q&A.
User Group Call   PDF
October 21, 2021
A review of data collection procedures for operative or procedural complications, v3.41 procedures and STAT scores, risk-adjusted analysis reports, and participant Q&A.
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October 5, 2021
Platform updates, a walkthrough of the soon-to-be-released CHSD Risk-Adjusted Outcomes dashboard, and participant Q&A.
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September 23, 2021
Updates on harvest deadlines and items under review by IQVIA, a review of best practices for coding complications, and attendee Q&A.
Webinar   PDF
September 14, 2021
New Data Managers Webinar: This program is highly recommended for all CHSD data managers who have been abstracting STS data for up to 2 years. It includes an introduction to the STS National Database, the role of the data manager, software and data specifications, understanding data abstraction requirements, an introduction to the training manual, and more.
Webinar   PDF
September 7, 2021
An update on the 2020 harvest analysis and version 6.22 upgrade schedules, a review of pending platform issues, and participant Q&A.
User Group Call   PDF
August 17, 2021
A refresher on Episode of Care and related coding procedures, an update on platform issues and resolutions, and participant Q&A.
Webinar   PDF
August 10, 2021
A progress report on the upgrade to version 6.22, a review of platform issues and resolutions, and participant Q&A.
User Group Call   PDF
July 20, 2021
An update on harvest schedules and the version 6.22 upgrade, a review of mortality field coding procedures, and attendee Q&A.
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STS Intermacs Database

Intermacs User Group Call
January 26 at 1:00 p.m. CT

Call in: 888-475-4499 or 877-853-5257 or 312-626-6799
Webinar ID: 557 707 151
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STS Intermacs Database Quarterly Report Webinar
April 21 at 2:00 p.m. CT

Submit questions for this webinar in advance.

Call in: 888-475-4499 or 877-853-5257 or 312-626-6799
Webinar ID: 213 508 366
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Past Intermacs Webinars

For earlier programs, view the Intermacs Webinar YouTube Playlist

November 16, 2021
A review of the updated major adverse event definitions recently added to the Database platform, followed by attendee Q&A.
Webinar   PDF
October 28, 2021
Training on the new interactive Intermacs dashboard, including a demonstration by staff from the UAB data warehouse.
Dashboard Webinar   PDF
October 27, 2021
A walkthrough of the updated major adverse event definitions (coming to the Intermacs platform on October 29). Attendee Q&A follows.
User Group Call   PDF
October 21, 2021
A walkthrough of the updated Kaplan–Meier tool within the new Intermacs dashboard.
Dashboard Webinar    
September 29, 2021
A look at pediatric device types that are entered into Pedimacs, presented by Awais Ashfaq, MD, Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital Heart Institute. 
User Group Call   PDF
August 25, 2021
Information about a few version upgrades, including new forms, and attendee Q&A.
User Group Call   PDF
July 28, 2021
An update on upcoming features for the Database and future webinars, a preview of the 2021 AQO meeting, and attendee Q&A.
Webinar   PDF
July 15, 2021
A review of Intermacs and Pedimacs Quality Assurance Reports and Data Quality Reports.
Webinar   PDF