ACC Partners With Aga Khan Health Services on First NCDR Registry in East Africa

The ACC and Aga Khan Health Services have partnered to implement ACC's CathPCI Registry in two hospitals in East Africa, becoming the first in the region to participate in ACC's NCDR registry program.

Aga Khan Health Services, an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network, works to create efficient and appropriate health systems for improving the health of individuals and populations in low- and middle-income countries. In the initial phase of this five-year collaboration with the ACC, Aga Khan Hospital in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Aga Khan Hospital in Mombasa, Kenya, have been selected to participate in the CathPCI Registry.

Clinical data registries are an increasingly important means of tracking and assessing quality of care and outcomes associated with certain populations of patients with heart disease around the world. The CathPCI Registry assesses the characteristics, treatments and outcomes of heart disease patients who receive diagnostic catheterization and percutaneous coronary intervention procedures.

ACC President C. Michael Valentine, MD, FACC, notes that ACC's efforts to expand NCDR globally is vital to its mission of transforming cardiovascular care and improving heart health as NCDR provides important resources to hospitals and practices around the world. He adds, "the challenges of health care in this region are well-known – from low access to insufficient research. This partnership with Aga Khan Health Services will provide these first NCDR registry sites quality metrics to improve heart health in their communities."

With the debut of NCDR in East Africa, the number of countries participating in one or more of ACC's clinical registries is up to 10. The ACC hopes to leverage NCDR data through these partnerships and create a collaborative global network to inform quality of care measurement and feedback, device surveillance, assessment of patient-centered outcomes and more.

"We are grateful to the [ACC] and Aga Khan Health Board, USA, for enabling the Aga Khan Hospitals in Mombasa and Dar es Salaam to participate in the registry, which will allow these hospitals to improve the quality of their recently established cardiovascular programs by tracking and benchmarking outcomes of cardiovascular procedures," says Sulaiman Shahabuddin, MSc, MBA, regional CEO for Aga Khan Health Services in East Africa. "The Aga Khan Hospitals in Mombasa and Dar es Salaam are proud to be the first hospitals in East Africa to be members of the CathPCI Registry."

Clinical Topics: Invasive Cardiovascular Angiography and Intervention

Keywords: Benchmarking, Registries, Percutaneous Coronary Intervention, Hospitals, Heart Diseases, Catheterization, National Cardiovascular Data Registries, CathPCI Registry

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