Registry Spotlight: STS National Database – Adult Cardiac Registry


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Registry Partners’ Cardiac Services team assists facilities and institutions nationwide with their STS data collection efforts. We serve as a complete outsource solution or can augment the facility’s current data collection team to ensure high quality, timely, and accurate data collection and submission. 

Read on to learn more about the STS National Database.

What is the STS? And what is its purpose?

  • The STS National Database was instituted in 1989 by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) as a quality initiative to help improve safety and outcomes for patients undergoing cardio-thoracic surgeries. (surgeries involving the heart, lungs, esophagus, and other areas within the chest)
  • The Database has participants in 11 countries, including all 50 of the United States, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Cayman Islands, India, Israel, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates.
  • The Database is divided into four separate registries:
    1. Adult Cardiac
    2. General Thoracic
    3. Congenital Heart Surgery
    4. Interagency Registry for Mechanically Assisted Circulatory Support (Intermacs)
  • The Adult Cardiac Database houses approximately 6.9 million patient records and represents more than 90% of the groups that perform cardiac surgery in the United States.

Public Reporting:

  • The STS allows participants of the Adult Cardiac Surgery, the Congenital Heart Surgery, and the General Thoracic Surgery Database to voluntarily report their surgical outcomes publicly.
  • This allows participants the opportunity to compare their results against national benchmarks. Participants can then use this information to identify appropriate areas for improvement.
  • Participants who publicly report their data are also given credit by U.S. News and World Report when compiling their list of the best hospitals.


The STS is a nationally recognized leader in outcomes research. Since its inception, more than 100 publications have utilized information derived from Database outcomes. These studies have been published in a variety of professional journals and textbooks and have significantly advanced knowledge in cardiothoracic surgery.

What’s new:

  • The STS has partnered with IQVIA to provide an enhanced data collection and reporting tool. This partnership will allow participants to:
    1. Have access 24/7/365 access to their data.
    2. Receive a data quality report for feedback within minutes of the upload.
    3. Provide missing variable reports
    4. Includes an interactive dashboard
  • The STS will be undergoing a major specification upgrade in 2020. Registry Partners is planning for this upgrade and will be ready to provide our full range of services once version 4.2 goes live in July 2020.