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CU Cardiologist: Heart Valve Registry a National Model for Improving Care

            AURORA, Colo. (Feb. 4, 2015) – A recently created national registry for noninvasive heart valve treatments serves as a model for improving patient care, according to a research report presented Thursday, Feb. 5, in Washington, D.C., by John Carroll, MD, professor of medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine at the Anschutz Medical Campus.
The report examined the Transcatheter Valve Therapy Registry, which captures clinical information on all U.S. patients undergoing new nonsurgical heart valve treatments. Since it was established in 2011, more than 300 data points from more than 27,000 patients have been collected and shared with clinicians and researchers.
The registry offers an alternative to past “Tower of Babel” approaches where federal regulators and professional societies collected data in different ways. The new collaborative way of sharing provides better information to clinicians and patients as they evaluate possible treatments that could revolutionize care to those who need heart valve replacement. Carroll and his fellow authors say the registry serves a model of how regulators and companies might accelerate the learning process when new treatments are introduced.
“The ‘Tower of Babel’ of different and separate data collection systems is inefficient, costly and ill-fated,” Carroll said. “By using the experience of thousands of patients who have received these devices, future patients will be able to make better decisions based on data and assessments of risks and benefits.”
The registry is a collaboration between professional societies, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, hospitals, patients and the medical device industry.
Carroll’s report appears in the February issue of the policy journal Health Affairs; the issue focuses on biomedical innovation. Carroll will present his findings Thursday at an issue briefing in Washington, D.C. The event is expected to attract 200 government officials, congressional staff, academics, other health care policy professionals and members of the news media. 
Read more about this article in Health Affairs.
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