As the field of catheter-based therapies for congenital heart disease continues to expand, we lack the evidence-based data to make appropriate therapeutic decisions in the catheterization laboratory. A stumbling block to the determination of evidence-based therapies is our inability to simply and reliably share outcome data across multiple centers. We investigated whether a commonly used congenital heart disease catheterization database program (PedCath™) could be used as an automatic catheterization data submission tool to a central database for outcome analysis. To test the feasibility of such a tool for collaborative outcomes research we formed a national group of seven congenital heart disease centers, the Mid-Atlantic Group of Interventional Cardiology, to warehouse and analyze catheterization data. We successfully modified PedCath™ to transfer the results of catheter-based therapies on 256 therapeutic procedures for atrial septal defect (ASD) closure, coarctation of the aorta angioplasty and stenting, and pulmonary and aortic balloon valvuloplasties over a 13-month pilot period. Short-term follow-up within the 13-month period was received on 31 patients. This study demonstrated the successful development of a simple process, requiring minimal data entry for investigators from around the world to share cardiac catheterization data for long-term outcome determination of catheter-based therapies for congenital heart disease.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine