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The American College of Cardiology Foundation's NCDR(R) and the American Heart Association's GWTG Join Forces to Fight Heart Attacks
Date:5/1/2008

are organizations will facilitate a leap forward in the improvement of the quality and safety of care of patients with cardiovascular disease."

"This is a tremendous step for patient care that will save lives," said Gregg C. Fonarow, M.D., Chair of the AHA GWTG Steering Committee. "The combination of these two programs will greatly facilitate quality improvement efforts, optimize clinical care and improve clinical outcomes for acute coronary syndrome patients."

The collaboration builds upon the collaborative models, tools and techniques of the GWTG initiative, along with NCDR's history of credible, well-established registry experience, data reporting, benchmarking and quality improvement initiatives to provide new measurement and outcomes reporting for cardiovascular providers. With the strengths of both existing programs, the new ACTION Registry-GWTG will empower healthcare provider teams to consistently treat heart attack patients according to the most current, science-based guidelines.

The new ACTION Registry(R)-GWTG(TM) program will collect a comprehensive set of data elements that provide hospitals with information they need to monitor and improve adherence to treatment guidelines and patient outcomes.

This merger applies only to the ACTION and GWTG-CAD registries. The AHA will continue to fully administer the GWTG-Heart Failure and Stroke programs and NCDR will continue to fully administer and operate the CathPCI Registry, the ICD Registry, the CARE Registry and the IC3 Program. The transition to ACTION Registry-GWTG will be completed over the coming months. During that time, both organizations will continue to support and encourage ongoing hospital participation in their respective quality improvement and patient database initiatives.

The American College of Cardiology is leading the way to optimal cardiovascular care and disease prevention. The College is a 34,000-member nonprofit medical society and bestows the c
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