See How NextGen STS National Database Will Improve Your Practice

Felix G. Fernandez, MD, MSc

Felix G. Fernandez, MD, MSc

A Sunday morning session will demonstrate the many ways that surgeons can use the STS National Database to support their practice and improve outcomes for their patients.

The next generation STS National Database is launching for the Adult Cardiac and General Thoracic Surgery Databases, while Congenital Heart Surgery Database participants will gain access in the next few weeks. The session will begin with a look at the new cloud-based dashboards that provide highly secure, interactive access to outcomes data.  

“These enhanced dashboards will help facilitate quality improvement in real time,” said Felix G. Fernandez, MD, MSc, from Emory University in Atlanta, who is one of the session moderators and chairs the STS Workforce on National Databases. “Surgeons will be able to interact with their data in a very meaningful way.”

Utilizing the STS National Database in Your Daily Practice

7:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Room 208 

Attendees also will receive an update on how public reporting of surgical outcomes is evolving to meet the needs of patients and providers, while remaining a primary instrument of quality.

“By providing access to risk-adjusted outcomes, the Database allows surgeons to understand their outcomes and areas for focused improvement,” Dr. Fernandez said. “Public reporting also allows surgeons to assure patients and their caregivers that the services they provide are safe.”

Additional presentations will highlight how the Database is used for professional advocacy, including its role in establishing physician reimbursement for different procedures, as well as coverage determination by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.