Data Analysis

VQI physicians may request de-identified datasets from each registry for analysis. The SVS PSO Research Advisory Council (RAC) reviews and evaluates requests for datasets by investigators, who provide the RAC with a description of their proposed project.

National RAC requests must be submitted through an online application:

Proposals are evaluated by the Research Advisory Council every other month – see the schedule on the lower left of this page.

Regional datasets should be requested by email from Nancy Heatley, SVS PSO, and reviewed by the regional RAC Chair or Committee.

Guidelines and restrictions on use:

  • In order to receive a VQI dataset, your center must already have a subscription to that VQI registry
  • Please review the SVS PSO Data Use Agreement for restrictions and conditions on use.
  • Please see the Device Identification Policy, which may affect your dataset request as there are stringent restrictions on the use of device data in VQI protocols.
  • Medicare-match datasets areavailable for some datasets on a limited basis – please read the overview and dataset details here before you request these datasets to ensure that the data will benefit your study. The Medicare-match data are provided by The Dartmouth Insitutue (TDI) and only aggregate data are available to investigators under CMS rules.

Click here to see the FAQs for use of the VQI Blinded Datasets.

For any questions related to the use of VQI datasets, please contact Nancy Heatley at