NextGen STS National Database Is Ready for Launch

Vinay Badhwar, MD

Vinay Badhwar, MD

More than 2 years in the making, the next generation STS National Database launches this week. The phase 1 rollout will include a data uploader, missing variable report, interactive dashboard, and a data quality report that will provide feedback within minutes after upload.

Vinay Badhwar, MD, chair of the STS Council on Quality, Research, and Patient Safety, will demonstrate some of these transformative features during the Monday morning plenary session, “The Next Generation STS National Database: The Future Is Now,” in Great Hall A. 

“The transition represents an evolution for all consumers of the STS National Database, especially users and participants,” Dr. Badhwar said. “This is an exciting time for our specialty as we collectively strive to improve our experience, reduce data burden, and save time and resources, while maintaining a unified platform for surgical quality.”

The platform is powered by the Society’s new data warehouse, IQVIA, a leading global provider of advanced technology solutions. IQVIA representatives will demonstrate the new dashboards at the STS Booth (#101) in the Exhibit Hall.

Phase 2 launch, which is planned for this spring, will include access to risk-adjusted outcomes and like group comparisons for participants in the Adult Cardiac Surgery Database (ACSD). For participants in the General Thoracic Surgery Database and the Congenital Heart Surgery Database, access to risk-adjusted outcomes will come during phase 3 this summer. At that time, ACSD participants will see a more than 30% reduction in the number of data entry variables, which will save time and resources, without sacrificing the granularity or robustness of the data.

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