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Vascular Quality Initiative Celebrates 10 Years of Excellence in Quality Initiatives and Best Practices in Vascular Health

The Society for Vascular Surgery® Vascular Quality Initiative® (SVS VQI) marks first decade with significant growth milestones

Chicago, IL and West Lebanon, NH – August 18, 2021 – The Society for Vascular Surgery® Vascular Quality Initiative® (SVS VQI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving vascular quality within hospitals and outpatient facilities, celebrates 10 years today. Since its inception in 2011, the SVS VQI has emerged as a leading resource for vascular quality care and outcomes.  During this time, SVS VQI has experienced multiple growth milestones, including:

  • A surge in participating medical centers, with more than 800 hospitals and ambulatory facilities overseeing 840,000+ procedures for individuals with vascular conditions;
  • An expansion of provider partners, with more than 4,500 physicians, including vascular surgeons, cardiologists, radiologists, and others, entering procedures into 14 different vascular registries;
  • The creation of 18 Regional Quality Groups that meet on a semi-annual basis to review their data and discuss quality improvement projects;
  • The establishment of an SVS VQI Annual Meeting, which celebrates its five year anniversary
  • Increased utilization of Fivos PATHWAYS® clinical data performance platform to generate the real-time benchmarked reports of major clinical outcomes and process measures, as well as longitudinal tracking of center performance compared with regional and national standards;
  • Collaboration with the FDA and manufacturers to better assess safety and efficacy of vascular devices
  • Expansion of clinical trials within the registry to facilitate a more efficient and cost effective path for device analysis and reporting;
  • Partnering with the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, Society for Vascular Medicine, American Venous Forum, Society for Vascular Ultrasound, and Vascular Access Society of America to better understand and improve the care of vascular patients
  • Creation of a new quality improvement training program for residents

In 2022, VQI leaders plan to expand the organization’s educational mission, through the implementation of new programs that connect the next generation of vascular professionals with the tools and data they need to enhance clinical quality and patient outcomes.

“When we launched the VQI, there were few organizations that brought together the high level of clinical expertise, analytics, and quality improvement focus that was essential in raising the bar for vascular care in the United States,” said Dr. Jens Eldrup-Jorgensen, medical director of the Society for Vascular Surgery Patient Safety Organization. “Moving forward, we will to continue our efforts to strengthen analytics, reporting, and data integration to relieve the burden of data entry, provide easier access to data for quality improvement, and make data even more valuable for our members.”

In addition to improving quality within hospitals and outpatient facilities, the VQI supports efforts to reduce costs and resource utilization as well as promote efforts towards vascular quality research.

To learn more about SVS VQI, please visit https://www.vqi.org 


The SVS VQI is governed by the SVS Patient Safety Organization (SVS PSO), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Society for Vascular Surgery, which provides oversight of data sharing arrangements, key outcome and quality measure analyses, and dissemination of information to participating providers. The VQI comprises vascular surgeons, cardiologists, radiologists, and other specialists who perform vascular procedures collected in the VQI Registries. Participating centers are divided into 18 regional quality groups. These groups meet biannually to discuss initiatives for improving quality of vascular care.

About Fivos

Medstreaming and M2S are now Fivos Health. Founded in 2006, Fivos is the industry’s only provider of comprehensive data solutions for specialty providers, medical registries and device manufacturers. By taking a holistic approach to data capture, insights and action, Fivos helps drive innovation, improve outcomes and lower costs for unique clinical workflows. Vascular, cardiovascular, women’s health and other specialties can leverage Fivos solutions to manage workflows, assess performance, measure risk and meet regulatory markers. To learn more about Fivos and its suite of solutions, visit www.fivoshealth.com.

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