The Vascular Study Group of Greater New York (VSGGNY) is directly modeled after the very successful Vascular Study Group of New England (VSGNE) and is a cooperative group of clinicians, hospital administrators and research personnel organized to improve the care of patients with vascular disease in the Greater Metropolitan Region of New York City. By collecting and exchanging information, the group hopes to continuously improve the quality, safety, effectiveness and cost of caring for these patients.
The VSGGNY functions under the auspices of the Society for Vascular Surgery Patient Safety Organization (SVS PSO), and works cooperatively with other regional study groups, to benchmark outcomes after vascular procedures and assure that patients everywhere are receiving the highest quality of care possible.
Who We Are
The VSGNY is a voluntary cooperative group of vascular disease specialists in the Greater Metropolitan are of New York City dedicated to improving outcomes and advancing the care of vascular patients. Our group includes Vascular Surgeons, Vascular Medicine physicians, nurses, scientists and research personnel. We are a part of the Society for Vascular Surgery Vascular Quality Initiative (SVS VQI) which is a national network of regional vascular quality improvement groups collecting common core datasets to pool information that will lead to improved patient care.
What We Do
- Data Collection
The first step in our process is collecting data on patients with vascular disease that we take care of. The data includes patient demographics and characteristics, procedure related details, post-procedure outcomes and long-term follow-up. The data is collected through the registry, Clinical Data Pathways, a secure, web-based data collection and analysis system, manufactured by the corporation M2S in partnership with vascular specialists.Data is collected under the auspices of the SVS PSO. This allows us to collect patient-identified data to be able to match with the Social Security Death Index to determine long-term outcomes and for auditing complete data entry by comparison with hospital billing data. The PSO protects the data from legal discovery and insures confidentiality of collected patient data. The PSO process is administered by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
The data is then used to benchmark individual practitioners and institutions for comparison to other institutions. For selected procedures and patient care issues, quality goals are set for the group. At any time, physicians or hospitals can run reports on how they are performing with respect to the set goals as well as relative to other members of the group.
- Quality Improvement
The data is further investigated in order to fill in gaps in knowledge that exist about vascular diseases and their treatment. We will compare the effectiveness of various treatment approaches to vascular problems.
Why We Do This
The process of data collection allows each participant to quantitatively track their outcomes. Benchmarking enables each participant to assess quality of care relative to other institutions and detect areas for improvement. The collaborative approach facilitates the free exchange of techniques and ideas so that we can learn from each other. The pooling of data allows for analyses of best practice which would not be possible using only cases from individual institutions. All of this allows us to achieve our ultimate goal of providing vascular patients with the highest quality of care while achieving the best possible outcomes in a cost-effective fashion.