ProHealth Heart and Vascular Care in Waukesha, Wis., embarked on a multidisciplinary initiative to reduce ventilation times for isolated Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting patients at Waukesha Memorial Hospital. The goals: Reduce the risk of patient harm associated with mechanical ventilation and achieve significant improvements in teamwork and safety culture.


In the realm of cardiovascular care, ensuring adherence to quality metrics is paramount for achieving better patient outcomes. But having a lot of data is not enough. Every healthcare professional who plays a role on an integrated patient care team needs to be aware of the data available to them, understand what it means, and act on that understanding. And that’s a challenge that exists across the health system.

STS is pleased to announce the release of the Adult Cardiac Surgery Database Executive Dashboard Report, now available on the Database platform. The Executive Dashboard includes the following components:

  • The participant’s star ratings for the last six star-rating periods, allowing you to easily track your site’s risk-adjusted performance longitudinally.
  • Resource utilization metrics for isolated coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) procedures, which provide participants near real-time data vs. STS benchmark data from the previous analysis period, including: 
    • ICU times
    • Postoperative total ventilation hours
    • Postoperative length of stay
    • Total blood project usage (intraoperative/postoperative)
  • Participant’s performance on meeting inclusion eligibility criteria. Utilizing green, yellow, and red statuses and convenient drill-down functionality, participants can easily identify cases of concern and save valuable time. And case counts are available to allow users to verify if their site meets case count requirements for analysis. Updates to this report are ongoing to provide real-time data. Refer to the Notifications tab on the IQVIA Platform for updates. 

Additional procedure types for resource utilization metrics were released on April 13, 2024. More utilization metrics are being considered. If you have a suggestion, contact Carole Krohn at ckrohn@sts.org.
If you have questions regarding the Database, contact the STS Database Help Desk.

May 1, 2024
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Stand Out Among Your Competitors & Partners 

Increase your company’s opportunity for personalized interactivity with attendees by exhibiting at the AQO Meeting. Several session breaks have been scheduled so that attendees have plenty of time to visit your booth. The intimate size of the exhibition will help ensure that you have quality access to meeting attendees. 

Exhibitors also are eligible to purchase a registrant email blast communication.


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In this short video, STS members exchange viewpoints on a new study that found patients with postoperative PE had increased 30-day mortality, reintubation, and readmission rates, which was presented at the 2024 STS Annual Meeting.

Robbin Cohen, MD, Cedars-Sinai at Huntington Hospital, is joined by the study’s lead author, Andrea L. Axtell, MD, MPH, an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Michael Smith, MD, Norton Thoracic Institute, St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center, and John Mitchell, MD, University of Colorado Health, to discuss the research methodology, findings and impact on improving patient care. 

Apr 2, 2024
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In the fast-paced environment of healthcare, hospitals face significant challenges related to medical records. The increasing number of missing documents in electronic medical records (EMR) can pose obstacles to case abstraction and risk adjustment. This case study reveals the EMR challenges Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital faced and the steps the data team took to improve document management and overall performance. 


Boone Health, based in Columbia, Missouri, set out to address issues related to the appropriate discontinuation of antibiotics within 48 hours after cardiovascular surgery. This case study examines the obstacles, actions, and results led by an interdisciplinary team approach.


UC Davis Health, based in Sacramento, California, knew that implementing quality improvement measures required operational and clinical analytics to guide process development and care redesign efforts. This case study explains how the health system addressed clinical documentation challenges through better data, education, communication, and collaboration across disciplines and delivered better patient outcomes. 

Discussions on valuable research and important clinical findings with the goal of improving data collection and patient outcomes.
Event dates
Sep 11–13, 2024
Nashville, TN
Using largest U.S. Database, study in low-risk patients reveals 5-year survival rate of 93%
Oct 17, 2023

July 25, 2023, Chicago, Ill… The Society of Thoracic Surgeons has launched its next-generation Operative Risk Calculator to assess the risk of adult cardiac surgery operations.

Jul 25, 2023

On behalf of STS’s 7,600 member surgeons and their clinician partners, Thomas MacGillivray, MD, president of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, testified before the US House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health, about Medicare coverage pathways for innovative drugs, medical devices, and technology that saves lives.

In his statement, Dr. MacGillivray highlighted how the STS’s National Database provides a true clinical benchmark and contains data on more than 9.4 million cardiothoracic surgeries performed by more than 4,300 surgeons. The Database is a powerful quality improvement tool that facilitates increased patient access to break-through technology. He explained the value of real-world evidence and using data to monitor new technology and expand indications for new therapies.  And he underscored that through big data, cardiothoracic surgeons across the country and around the world can work together to find solutions and transform patient care.

Dr. MacGillivray’s key talking points:

  • The STS National Database is the gold standard for clinical registries.
  • The Database allows hospitals and cardiothoracic surgeons to identify best practices and potential gaps, and evaluate their performance against national and regional competitors. The Database is updated continuously and participants can monitor their progress and make critical decisions daily.
  • Without ongoing evidence collection in the real-world setting coupled with access to longitudinal claims data, the efficacy and appropriateness of emerging innovative technologies is uncertain, impairing physicians’ ability to make the best decisions for our patients.
  • The STS believes it is essential that any reforms to coverage for emerging therapies:
    • Prioritize the collection of real-world data, particularly for new, innovative medical devices.  Data collection creates opportunities to fill post-market evidence gaps and better define patient benefits and risks.
    • Permit early discussions and coordination between the agency and relevant stakeholders to allow sufficient time for the appropriate application, design, and implementation of any CED requirements.
    • Provide flexibility for data collection mechanisms to adjust based on new developments in the evidence.
    • Registries need timely, cost-effective, and continuous access to Medicare claims data to perform longitudinal studies.    
    • Dr. MacGillivray urged Congress to advance reforms such as the H.R. 5394, the Meaningful Access to Federal Health Plan Claims Data Act of 2021, from Reps. Larry Bucshon, MD, and Kim Schrier, MD, which would require that enhanced access to Medicare claims data be provided to clinician-led registries, such as the STS National Database.

Watch Dr. MacGillivray's testimony.

Jul 19, 2023
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