The American College of Cardiology has partnered with Aga Khan Health Services to implement the CathPCI Registry in two hospitals in East Africa. These hospitals are the first in the region to participate in ACC's NCDR registry program.
Clinical data registries, like those that make up ACC's NCDR, are an increasingly important means of tracking and assessing quality of care and outcomes associated with certain populations of patients with heart disease around the world. Registry data can also be used to perform cutting-edge health outcomes research and identify gaps in cardiovascular care.
The CathPCI Registry assesses the characteristics, treatments and outcome of heart disease patients who receive diagnostic catheterization as well as percutaneous coronary intervention procedures.
In the initial phase of this five-year collaboration, two Aga Khan hospitals in Tanzania and Kenya have been selected to participate in the CathPCI Registry.
The two participating hospitals are:
- Aga Khan Hospital, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
- Aga Khan Hospital, Mombasa, Kenya
"NCDR provides important resources to hospitals and practices around the world as we all strive to improve the quality of the care we provide to our patients. The ACC's efforts to expand NCDR globally is vital to our mission of transforming cardiovascular care and improving heart health," said ACC President C. Michael Valentine, MD, FACC. "In addition, the challenges of health care in this region are well-known--from low access to insufficient research. This partnership with Aga Khan Health Services will provide these first NCDR registry sites quality metrics to improve heart health in their communities."
With the debut of NCDR in East Africa, the total number of countries participating in one or more of the ACC's clinical registries is 10. Through these partnerships, the ACC hopes to leverage NCDR data to create a collaborative global network to inform quality of care measurement and feedback, device surveillance, assessment of patient-centered outcomes and more.
Sulaiman Shahabuddin, Regional CEO for Aga Khan Health Services in East Africa, said, "We are grateful to the American College of Cardiology and the Aga Khan Health Board, USA, for enabling the Aga Khan Hospitals in Mombasa and Dar es Salaam to participate in the registry which will allow these hospitals to improve the quality of their recently established cardiovascular programs by tracking and benchmarking outcomes of cardiovascular procedures. The Aga Khan Hospitals in Mombasa and Dar es Salaam are proud to be the first hospitals in East Africa to be members of the CathPCI Registry."
About the American College of Cardiology
The American College of Cardiology is the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team. The mission of the College and its more than 52,000 members is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College operates national registries to measure and improve care, offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions, provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications. For more, visit acc.org.
About the Aga Khan Development Network and Aga Khan Health Services
Aga Khan Health Services, an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), works to create efficient and appropriate health systems for improving the health of individuals and populations in low- and middle-income countries. The AKDN operates one of the largest non-profit, private healthcare systems in the developing world, with 17 hospitals and 450 other health facilities providing quality health care to over 5 million people. These include 14 ISO-certified and 3 JCI-accredited hospitals in recognition of meeting international quality standards in health delivery and hospital care. The AKDN health agencies work closely together on planning, training and resource development in health care, and support government health services and other providers in building effective national health systems.