CardioEncounters is the preferred method for capturing and reporting clinical data to the American College of Cardiology’s outpatient PINNACLE Registry from Epic. The SmartForm allows clinicians and support staff to collect data from the patient at point of care with minimal disruption in workflow.

The PINNACLE Registry is the nation’s largest outpatient quality improvement registry. A part of the National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR) suite of registries, PINNACLE provides clinicians with quality measurement solutions to promote practice innovation and achieve clinical excellence in the office setting. PINNACLE participants receive performance reports on quality measures for patients with coronary artery disease, hypertension, heart failure, atrial fibrillation and diabetes. Other benefits include optional submission for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), access to ACC-sponsored continuing medical education (CME) programs, and opportunities to advance cardiovascular research and clinical trials through the PINNACLE Research Alliance.

In order to implement CardioEncounters in your practice, you must:

  1. Enroll in the PINNACLE Registry.
  2. Upon enrollment, take part in a CardioEncounters demonstration via teleconference with ACC staff.
  3. Begin submitting data to the PINNACLE Registry.

Once a practice has had enough time to integrate CardioEncounters into their workflow (typically eight weeks), a second conference call will be scheduled to address any follow-up issues and confirm that data is flowing between clinical sites and PINNACLE. For more information, click here or contact the PINNACLE Registry at (800) 257-4737.

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