Vascular organizations form registry to link images and data

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A registry to aid in the analysis of vascular data and images is aiming at discerning the relationships between diagnosis and care provided to patients with vascular disease.

Participating in the development of the registry are the Society for Vascular Ultrasound (SVU), the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) and Medstreaming-M2S, which jointly announced the development of the Vascular Quality Initiative (VQI) Vascular Ultrasound Registry. The registry expands on the work of the Society for Vascular Surgery, which has led efforts to develop the Vascular Quality Initiative.

Participants in the effort expect that the registry will help promote standardization of vascular information surrounding treatment of disorders and thus provide the impetus to improve patient care. Technology challenges will involve including actual ultrasound images, which is expected to make future machine analysis and learning possible.

The Vascular Ultrasound Registry’s initial efforts will focus on collecting and analyzing data associated with the diagnosis and treatment of carotid artery disease. The development of the registry and ongoing research related activities are being led by a VQI Vascular Ultrasound Registry Task Force.

“Non-invasive vascular testing has evolved to the point where it is being relied upon heavily to direct patient medical management decisions,” said James Wilkinson, the SVU’s executive director. “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.”

A key to the registry’s success will be the ability to link technical data and images to the clinical data collected from the SVS VQI’s existing registries. “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,” said Jens Eldrup-Jorgensen, MD, medical director of the SVS Patient Safety Organization.

A key to the success of any registry is providing means for efficient data capture. The VQI Vascular Ultrasound Registry leverages the infrastructure of the pre-existing registry with linkages to ultrasound images from the vascular laboratory.

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