Societies Introduce VQI Vascular Ultrasound Registry

 

January 16, 2018—The Society for Vascular Ultrasound (SVU), Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS), and Medstreaming-M2S announced the development of the Vascular Quality Initiative (VQI) Vascular Ultrasound Registry.

The registry represents an expansion of the SVS VQI and will combine noninvasive (vascular ultrasound) testing data with vascular treatment and outcomes data, making it possible to analyze the relationships between diagnosis and care provided to patients with vascular disease. The development of the registry and ongoing research-related activities are being led by a VQI Vascular Ultrasound Registry Task Force, chaired by David Dawson, MD, and Gregory Moneta, MD.

The Vascular Ultrasound Registry’s initial efforts will focus on collecting and analyzing data associated with the diagnosis and treatment of carotid artery disease. To begin, only a select number of current VQI sites will participate. In the next phase of the program, participation in the Vascular Ultrasound Registry is expected to be broadly available, and there will be an increase in registry content and scope of projects.

Features of the registry include:

  • It will link technical data and images to the clinical data collected from the SVS VQI’s existing registries.
  • It will provide ultrasound images that will make future machine analysis and learning possible from the collected registry, which currently does not exist.
  • It is anticipated to offer the means and an impetus to promote vascular laboratory standardization and thereby improve patient care.
  • It will help VQI members improve quality and conduct additional research regarding vascular ultrasound.
  • Medstreaming-M2S’s specialty-based workflow solutions and its clinical data management system for structured data aggregation can be used for uploading of data and images.

In the announcement, Jens Eldrup-Jorgensen, MD, who is Medical Director of the SVS Patient Safety Organization, stated, “The addition of the VQI Vascular Ultrasound Registry to the existing VQI registries will further aid the VQI’s mission of improving vascular care by enhancing the data we can make available to our members. We are also pleased that this registry expands the reach of the VQI to include vascular technologists, sonographers, and other professionals in the vascular laboratory setting. The VQI has long embraced a team approach to care with 59% of VQI membership coming from specialties outside of vascular surgery, including cardiology and radiology."

James Wilkinson, SVU Executive Director, commented, “Noninvasive vascular testing has evolved to the point where it is being relied upon heavily to direct patient medical management decisions. With the rapid growth and diversification in the number of medical specialties providing testing, there is a lack of standardization in the delivery of testing and the reporting of results. Targeted, yet broad based research will significantly contribute to standardization efforts.” He added, “The registry will provide greater opportunity for members to participate in research, whether through contribution of data pertaining to society-sponsored research projects or their own projects utilizing registry data, all with the overall objective of quality improvement and better patient care.”

Wael Elseaidy, who is CEO of Medstreaming-M2S, stated, “Unique to the VQI Vascular Ultrasound Registry is the inclusion of an imaged-based registry component, which will include the actual ultrasound images acquired during patient studies. When combined with powerful analytics and potential for machine learning, we foresee opportunity to normalize ultrasound image data submitted from different sites, develop new benchmarking standards, further explore and promote utilization of all the information embedded in the images, and provide the ultrasound industry with an entirely new platform from which to conduct research and drive product development.”

 

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