All Massachusetts hospitals that perform cardiac surgery must submit patient and surgeon specific data, and all hospitals that perform angioplasty or PCIs must submit patient and physician operator specific data. The hospital data managers act as the gatekeepers for each site’s data and are the key point of contact for most Mass-DAC communications and activities. In addition to submitting and cleaning data for Mass-DAC on a quarterly basis, the data managers ensure Mass-DAC has correct contact information for hospital staff working with Mass-DAC and disseminates confidential reports to appropriate hospital staff. Click here for additional information on data submissions.
Cardiac surgery refers to surgery on the heart and the thoracic great vessels performed on persons 18 years of age and older. Examples of cardiac surgery include coronary artery bypass grafts, heart valve repair or replacement, heart transplantation, surgery of the thoracic aorta, repair of congenital heart defects and minimally invasive heart surgery.
Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) refers to the placement in persons 18 years of age or older, of an angioplasty guide wire, balloon, or other device (e.g. stent, atherectomy, brachytherapy, or thrombectomy catheter) into a native coronary artery or coronary artery bypass graft for the purpose of mechanical coronary revascularization.
PCI DEFINITION : A non-surgical procedure designed to open and maintain the patency of obstructed coronary vessels. This treatment is an invasive procedure performed in the cardiac catheterization lab (i.e., outside of an operating room) by an interventional cardiologist in which a balloon, stent, or other device is delivered to the affected vessel to open and maintain its patency.
Updating Contact Information
Mass-DAC needs to have current names, mailing addresses, and e-mail addresses of all hospital staff that work with Mass-DAC. It is critical that Mass-DAC have the correct contact information of the hospital data manager and back-up staff who need access to Harvard Medical School virtual private network and the Mass-DAC secure document repository. Mass-DAC must be notified immediately of any changes to staff who need access to the secure sites so appropriate access permissions may be set-up promptly to comply with our security policies.
Other staff that Mass-DAC commonly needs current contact information for are:
- surgeons and PCI operators (to mail out annual SMIR report),
- cardiac chiefs,
- cath lab directors,
- supervisors other than chiefs and directors, and
- other critical staff that need to stay in touch with Mass-DAC in some capacity.