ACC, AHA to jointly create national acute coronary syndromes registry

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The ACC’s National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR) and the AHA’s Get With The Guidelines (GWTG)-Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) Registry are joining together to create a unified U.S. registry for measuring and improving safety and outcomes for patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACS).

The ACC and AHA said the new registry, called the ACTION Registry-GWTG, will establish the national standard for understanding and improving the quality, safety and outcomes of care provided for patients with coronary artery disease.

The collaboration joins two national CAD registries, NCDR’s ACTION Registry and GWTG-CAD Registry, to create the largest and most comprehensive national cardiovascular patient database ever developed by the medical profession, according to both societies.

The new ACTION Registry-GWTG program will collect a set of data elements that provide hospitals with information they need to monitor and improve adherence to treatment guidelines and patient outcomes, the ACC and AHA said.

While both societies have a collaborative history of establishing joint clinical guidelines for cardiovascular care, the societies said its ACTION Registry-GWTG is the first registry partnership between the two groups. The partnership brings both programs to a single registry, ultimately offering more benchmarking and quality improvement to hospitals across the U.S., providing care for patients with ACS.

“A single, national ACS registry under the guidance of the leading cardiovascular care organizations will facilitate a leap forward in the improvement of the quality and safety of care for patients with cardiovascular disease,” said Ralph Brindis, MD, chief medical officer for the ACC's NCDR.

“The combination of these two programs will greatly facilitate quality improvement efforts, optimize clinical care and improve clinical outcomes for acute coronary syndrome patients,” according to Gregg C. Fonarow, MD, chair of the AHA GWTG steering committee.