Duke, Society of Thoracic Surgeons Form Medical Procedure Database

March 13, 2014 in News

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons recently announced a new collaboration with Duke Clinical Research Institute that will combine CMS claims data with STS’ databases in an effort to improve clinical outcomes, Modern Healthcare reports.

Duke has served as “the primary analysis center” for STS’ databases for the past 15 years, according to Matthew Brennan.

Details of Collaboration                                                                      

According to David Shahian, chair of STS’ workforce on national databases, the collaboration efforts will allow for “more accurate and up-to-date risk models and long-term survival calculators for individual procedures.”

In addition, Shahian said that surgeons using the data from the combination of databases would be able to better predict “survival probabilit[y] for patients based on their specific illness severity, co-existing medical conditions and symptoms.”

Details of Database

The collaboration will include CMS’ Medicare claims data and two of STS’ three databases:

  • The adult cardiac surgery database, which includes information on more than 5.2 million heart surgery procedures; and
  • The general thoracic surgery database, which includes information on more than 360,000 procedures, such as esophagectomy and lobectomy.

The collaboration will review certain clinical outcomes, including: 

  • Hospital readmission rates;
  • Long-term survival rates; and
  • Secondary procedures (Conn, Modern Healthcare, 3/12).
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