NCDR.18 Highlights Power of Clinical Data

The NCDR 2018 Annual Conference (NCDR.18) begins on Wednesday, March 7, in Orlando. The conference brings together registry professionals, quality improvement professionals, physicians and administrators involved in the NCDR suite of cardiovascular data registries.

Led by multidisciplinary teams made up of front-line registry participants, physicians and ACC staff, attendees will receive updates on new and developing NCDR programs, work on strategies to prepare for future enhancements to the registries, see real-world examples of NCDR participants improving patient care and outcomes, and learn how stakeholders are using NCDR data in clinical decision-making.

Douglas B. Fridsma, MD, PhD, this year's Ralph G. Brindis Keynote speaker, will discuss "Interoperability: A Promise Kept (or not) to Transform Healthcare." Fridsma is the president and CEO of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Each year NCDR participants submit abstracts detailing quality improvement projects, education approaches, innovative processes and research. This year two abstracts were selected for oral presentation during a general session at NCDR.18. The following abstracts are a selection of the posters being presented.

  • Improving Defect Free Care Compliance by Increasing the Percentage of Patients That Receive Required Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Consult Upon Discharge
  • Outcomes Registry Reports: Synthesizing Data to Improve Cardiovascular Care
  • A Change in Cardiac Rehabilitation Referral Process: Leveraging Staff Engagement and Electronic Medical Record Technology Increases Referral Rates Among Patients With Ischemic Heart Disease
  • Meds to Beds: Success for Cardiac Patients in Rural Areas

Keywords: ACC18, ACC Annual Scientific Session, National Cardiovascular Data Registries, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Quality Improvement, Registries, Electronic Health Records, Referral and Consultation, Patient Care Team, Medical Informatics

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