MCSQI’s STS data managers, chaired by Jennifer Bobbitt, are fundamental to the group’s operations and help to standardize database definitions and ensure consistent measurements across MCSQI’s ten member hospitals. Data managers convene at bi-annual workshops to review scenarios of challenging cases and stay up-to-date with the latest documentation from the STS. Surgeons have also participated in these workshops, most recently with Dr. Paul Massimiano of Washington Adventist Hospital who presented his recommendations for abstracting data from surgeons’ operative notes on MAZE procedures.
At the STS Advances in Quality and Outcomes (AQO) meeting in October 2015, MCSQI data managers presented a poster describing the group’s quality improvement efforts to date. Preliminary results on early extubation and blood transfusion were included in the study along with an overview of the MCSQI model.
Data managers have also developed a comprehensive set of data quality reports utilizing consistency checks from the STS and the Michigan Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons. In conjunction with the MHCC audits of sites’ STS harvest data, our data managers are armed with high quality, defensible data to assist with the accurate measurement of clinical quality metrics.