Progress in the field of ventricular assist devices requires a more rigorous and systematic method of collecting outcomes data. A worldwide registry of device implants and results is proposed. With widespread participation, data from this registry would improve the identification of risk factors and complications, and allow for the creation of predictive models that would enhance patient selection. Professional societies should lead the development of a registry in close partnership with government and industry. Data collection using the Web, with rigorous security measures to protect patient privacy, would offer numerous advantages in efficiency and immediacy of communication for all participants.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine