Cardiovascular Innovations & Research Institute

Outcomes Research

Outcomes research refers to the measure of health care effectiveness such as cost, health status, and disease burden. Our attention is directed toward the patient and the patient’s perspective of personal wellness after connecting with one of our providers. Outcomes research at Valley View Hospital realizes the value of your experience is rooted in both how well you feel as well as the emotional and physical expenses you have endured. Our mission at Cardiovascular Innovations & Research Institute (CIRI) is to deliver a value-based, positive outcome experience with our comprehensive arrhythmia, thoracic and vascular care. Traveling a long distance and incurring additional expenses associated with health care travel is unnecessary when exceptional care is readily available in Western Colorado.

How do we know how well you are doing after your heart care?

It is simple; we stay in touch. The culture at Valley View Heart and Vascular Center is that we continuously monitor how well you are doing, years after you have been discharged from our hospital.

We appreciate your feedback. Our program is rooted in capturing the patient’s perspective on quality of life and how well your health is managed specific to your disease. We monitor these data points and have the ability to compare this information to national benchmarks. We are interested in the outcomes related to our health service delivery and how we rate compared to top arrhythmia and cardiovascular programs in the world.

Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers & Systems (HCAPS)

HCAPS is a survey-based program implemented and monitored by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS). This questionnaire is directed to all patients that enter every acute care facility in the United States. Routinely, our teams monitor feedback and adjust our health services based on your experience and perspective of our care.

National results are available to the public and can be accessed here.

American College of Cardiology (ACC) National Cardiovascular Data Registries (NCDR)

The ACC maintains and publishes data on select hospital services. The ACC’s public reporting website allows prospective patients to access data on hospitals participating in their portfolio of registries. Thousands of data elements are collected during select cardiovascular and arrhythmia interventions, and this robust data is used to identify evidence-based treatments with the most favorable outcomes.   Valley View voluntarily allows our data to be publicly reported to illustrate our commitment to quality improvement and reducing treatment variations.

Find Your Heart A Home is the ACC’s free online tool that allows patients and caregivers to search and compare hospitals by location and services. Hospital profile pages reflect the same data registry site managers input into their NCDR site profile.


The NCDR registries in which we actively participate:

  • The CathPCI Registry assess the characteristics treatment and outcomes of cardiac disease who receive diagnostic and/or percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) also known as ballooning and stenting of coronary arteries. This powerful tool captures the data that measures adherence to ACC/American Heart Association clinical practice guideline recommendations, procedure performance standards and appropriate use criteria for coronary revascularization.

  • A trusted source for outcomes-based, continuous quality improvement focused exclusively on high risk heart attack patients. Newer versions of the registry allow us to navigate patients who experience angina or chest pain and benchmark against hospitals nationally. Moreover, the data collected is shared with referring hospitals to ensure heart attack patients that are sent to us from other acute centers are cared for in a timely manner.

  • Implantable cardioverter-defibrillator registry is used to track all patient implants to ensure patients meet the appropriate criteria for implantation and experience the best results. Physicians use data from the registry to determine the best device for each patient’s unique experience. Furthermore, registry data is used to demonstrate effectiveness, safety, equity and efficiency of care.

  • The Afib registry collects data on the prevalence, demographics, management and outcomes of patients who receive an ablation for Afib. Data collected is used to direct care for a rapidly growing condition.

  • The PINNACLE registry is the largest outpatient quality improvement registry capturing data on coronary artery disease, Afib, heart failure, hypertension and peripheral artery disease. Our institution is the only active participant in Western Colorado. Data is used to benchmark our program against national data.

The NEXUS Registry: The Whole is Greater than the Part.

The glue between CMS’s HCAPS data and the suite of ACC’s NCDR data is our series of connections with a quality of life assessment, a disease specific questionnaire and financial costs analysis. Over five years ago, we realized the connection between the hospital’s procedural and pharmacological data and the importance of the patient’s perspective and incurred cost associated with a procedure or medicine. Combining the power of robust national data with our own individual patient’s perspectives allows us to use this information to direct care and to enable our program to be the niche of heart care in Western Colorado.

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Outcomes questions:

Does radial access or femoral access for Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) result in better patient outcomes?

Does the number of PCI procedures a hospital performs annually effect patient outcomes?

Does Robotic Assisted PCI affect patient outcomes?

Do electrophysiology interventions without 24 cardiovascular surgery backup in a Hybrid Cath Lab impact patient outcomes?

Travel outside of Western Colorado for comprehensive heart arrhythmia, thoracic or vascular care is unnecessary. Our team of teams deliver consistent, standardized, evidence-based medicine to ensure patients receive the highest quality and value-based care.

Jefford M, Stockler MR, Tattersall MH. Outcomes research: what is it and why does it matter? Intern Med J. 2003;33(3):110–118.

The Cardiovascular Innovation & Research Institute team is offering clinical trials and cutting-edge medical treatments to our community that will transform Valley View’s ability to save the lives.