DALLAS, May 22, 2020 — As of today, hospitals and health systems participating in the American Heart Association® COVID-19 CVD Registry Powered by Get With The Guidelines® are able to submit research proposals using the national dataset.
Accepted proposals can begin analyzing the aggregate deidentified dataset on the Precision Medicine Platform. More than 100 hospitals have joined the COVID-19 CVD Registry since the American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, announced the registry on April 3 and have collectively submitted data from thousands of unique patients.
“For a disease like COVID-19, you have individual centers that have their local experience, and they have their local distribution of what happens. But the rates of people suffering catastrophic complications are low, and the rates of people dying are very low; so the overall experience is colored by what happens locally,” explains Sandeep R. Das, MD, MPH, MBA, FAHA, co-chair of the steering committee for the registry and director for Quality and Value, Cardiology Division at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. “When you aggregate that experience across multiple centers what you then have is the ability to draw inferences for a larger, broader population that help avoid some of that institution-specific bias.”
This innovative hospital-based quality improvement program is built on the Association’s two decades of success delivering Get With The Guidelines (GWTG) to hospitals and health systems across the U.S. The COVID-19 CVD Registry captures data on patient clinical characteristics, medications, treatments, labs, vitals, biomarkers and outcomes in adult patients hospitalized with COVID-19, including those without a history of cardiovascular disease or stroke.
This is an opportunity to take the first look at clinical care of COVID-19 patients and the impact on cardiovascular health nationally. Using the Association’s structured data collection to capture the same data elements across the country, the researchers have a consistent data set throughout the country for results more representative of a broader population.
The Association’s COVID-19 CVD Registry is available for no cost to hospitals.
Additional resources and list of participating sites can be found here.
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