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The sVS Vascular Quality initiative

The Value of Participation in the SVS Vascular Quality Initiative (VQI)

SVS VQI’s 14 registries contain demographic, clinical, procedural and outcomes data from more than a million vascular procedures performed across the United States, as well as Canada and Singapore. Each record includes information from the patient’s initial hospitalization and at one-year follow-up.

  • The wealth of data allows centers and providers to compare their performance to regional and national benchmarks.
  • Each center and provider receive biannual dashboards and regular performance reports, so they can use their data to support quality improvement initiatives.
  • Biannual regional meetings allow physicians, nurses, data managers, quality officers, and others to meet, share information and ideas, and learn from each other in a positive and supportive environment.

Where SVS VQI data are used to:

  • Significantly improve the delivery of vascular care at a local and national level, reducing complications and expenses.
  • Stratify risk, analyze outcomes, develop quality improvement, define best clinical practices, assess comparative effectiveness research and improve resource utilization.
  • Facilitate participation in clinical trials and other medical device evaluation efforts.
  • Collaborate with multiple organizations, including the American College of Cardiology, Society of Interventional Radiology, governmental regulatory agencies, device manufacturers, and payers
  • Help provide clinically detailed data for device performance, post-market surveillance, and label expansion
  • Partner with vascular registries from Europe and Asia to form the International Consortium of Vascular Registries (ICVR) to bring a global perspective to improving vascular care and device evaluation.

SVS VQI Collaboration

The mission of SVS VQI is to improve the quality, safety, effectiveness and cost of vascular healthcare.

The Society for Vascular Surgery Vascular Quality Initiative® (VQI®) is a collaboration of the Society for Vascular Surgery Patient Safety Organization (SVS PSO), 18 regional quality improvement groups organized under the SVS PSO, and Fivos, its commercial technology partner.

  • Other partners include the American Venous Forum (AVF), the Society for Vascular Medicine (SVM), Vascular Access Society of America (VASA) and the Society of Vascular Ultrasound (SVU), along with an additional endorsing societies.
  • The SVS PSO is an LLC of the Society for Vascular Surgery, with headquarters in Chicago. The SVS PSO governs all functions of VQI, including the specification of data elements captured in each registry, the types of standard reports made available to regional groups, member hospitals and physicians, and national quality improvement projects sponsored by VQI.
  • The SVS PSO is also supported by over 250 physician volunteers who dedicate their time and effort in support of the VQI mission. These physicians provide governance, clinical support to all the registries and data analyses and ad-hoc support in areas such as industry partnerships and communications.
  • Each center and region have lead physicians and regional medical directors to provide guidance, identify best practices and develop regional initiatives.
  • The SVS PSO is funded by annual registry subscription fees from participating hospitals or physician groups, and additional contributions for VQI projects are provided by corporate supporters.

SVS VQI Procedures

The SVS VQI collects pre-operative risk factors, intra-procedural variables, post-procedural outcomes, and one year follow-up data in 14 major vascular procedure Registries.


Participating SVS VQI centers include academic medical centers, teaching hospitals, community hospitals, vein centers, office-based labs and individual physician’s practices.

Click below for a complete list of VQI Participating Centers and their Regional Group Affiliation. Please note that this list is in excel format for ease of use.

“The Vascular Quality Initiative has been crucial in improving the safety and quality of patient care by collecting and analyzing data specific to vascular surgical procedures.”

– Dr. Mahmoud Malas

SVS PAtient Safety Organization (PSO)

The Society for Vascular Surgery Patient Safety Organization (SVS PSO) was approved by the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) in February 2011 to oversee the data sharing partnerships and patient safety initiatives of the VQI.

Directed by a Governing Council of representatives from the SVS, AVF, SVM and regional quality groups, the mission of the SVS PSO is to improve patient safety and the quality of health care delivery by providing web-based collection, aggregation, and analysis of clinical data submitted in registry format for all patients undergoing specific vascular treatments.

Focus on Patient Safety

The Society for Vascular Surgery Patient Safety Organization (SVS PSO) was approved by the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) in February 2011 to oversee the data sharing partnerships and patient safety initiatives of the VQI.

fivos cloud based platform

Fivos provides the secure, cloud-based platform, PATHWAYS utilized by the SVS Vascular Quality Initiative, which allows for real-time data collection and reporting for long-term outcomes assessment.