Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation
Data Registry

The AACVPR Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Registry is an unique and powerful tool for tracking patient outcomes and program performance in meeting evidence-based guidelines for secondary prevention of heart and vascular disease. It provides cardiac rehabilitation programs with national outcomes data for benchmarking and demonstrates the positive impact of cardiac rehabilitation on the morbidity, mortality, physical function, and quality of life of heart patients across the United States.



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Overview of the Cardiac Registry

For a detailed overview of the AACVPR Outpatient Cardiac Registry, background & significance, and methods used please refer to the below resources.

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Updates and Corrections

Influenza and Pneumococcal Vaccination Field Correction

We are informing users of the AACVPR Cardiac Rehabilitation Registry of a programming error in the Influenza and Pneumococcal Vaccination fields. 

We recently found that if no entry was made in either of these fields when the page was saved, the fields would automatically default to "No".  Users may not have noticed this as they entered data in the rest of the patient record, and unless they went back later and corrected it, the value for each field would remain as "No". This error has been corrected so that if no entry is made the value will remain "Please select...". We have also added an "Unknown" option to allow users to better clarify the patient's vaccination status. This error should not impact reporting of the vaccination status in the outcomes reports, as only records marked as "Yes" are used in the percentage calculations.

Users may want to review past records to make sure the value for each field is the correct value. We apologize for the error.

If your program is interested in the number of patients who DID NOT receive a vaccination, this value may be inaccurate because of the glitch. We recommend reviewing each registry record to ensure the correct value has been recorded. To do so, please follow these instructions:

1.     Use the Data Extraction utility to select records of patients who enrolled after Jan 1, 2016. (They could go back farther if needed, based on number of records. We're probably not interested in patients who didn't enroll.)

2.     Add filter for Discharge Information/Influenza Vaccination = NO. This will get all records of patients where this field was marked as "No".

3.     Download Excel file and review each record with either program records or hospital record to determine if field value is accurate.

4.     Do the same procedure for Pneumococcal Vaccination

If you have any questions, please call 312-321-5146 or email registry@aacvpr.org


Frequently Asked Questions

  -  Why Participate?
  -  Subscription
  -  Subscription Fees
  -  Data Collection
  -  Reporting
  -  Patient Privacy and HIPAA Compliance
  -  AACVPR Program Certification Integration
  -  Registry Development 

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Frequently Asked Legal Questions

The below document outlines questions that Legal departments frequently ask in regards to our Cardiac Registry.  Please read through the below document which may answer some questions about AACVPR's contracts & registry. 

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Influencing National Healthcare Practices

Outpatient cardiac rehabilitation (CR) is not well utilized in standard heart care, despite being recognized as a standard of care by the American College of Cardiology (ACC), American Hospital Association (AHA), American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), and AACVPR. As healthcare systems begin to emphasize chronic disease management, we have a valuable opportunity to demonstrate the value of CR.

By tracking and providing comparative data for benchmarking of clinical, behavioral, health, and service outcomes, as well as tracking key program performance issues, the AACVPR Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Registry will provide a solid base of scientific data to promote more widespread use of CR services for eligible heart patients.

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The Benefits for CR Programs

Through the AACVPR Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Registry, CR programs are able to:

  • Create and manage patient profiles
  • Enter and view outcomes data on enrolled patients in real time
  • Track and quantify progress of the CR program in meeting performance goals
  • Produce individual and grouped outcomes reports

By assisting in the collection, management, and interpretation of outcomes data, the registry will help CR programs:

  • Compare outcomes and processes to evidence-based goals and national benchmarks
  • Implement quality improvement projects based on real data
  • Enhance documentation and communication with the program’s key audiences, such as hospital administrators and referring physicians
  • Promote the role of CR in the management of chronic heart and vascular disease
  • Increase support from physicians
  • Improve 3rd-party payer coverage and reimbursement rates

For more general information about the benefits of the Cardiac Registry please view our Registry Brochure below:

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Registry Functionality

Through this Web-based registry, subscribers can access accurate, high-quality data in real time. The data is secured using industry-standard SSL and rigorous encryption techniques.

Application programming interfaces (APIs) allow CR programs with existing electronic systems to seamlessly and securely send data to the registry, while programs currently using a paper-based data collection system can step up to an easy-to-use interface that facilitates patient management and delivers critical patient care and program process feedback. 

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Data Collection and Reporting

Three categories of data, based on current practices and sound clinical evidence, are being collected:

  • Patient demographic information, such as age, ethnicity, and pre-existing comorbid conditions
  • Program performance measures such as referral rates, enrollment rates, completion rates, and medication compliance
  • Individual patient outcomes, including key clinical, psychosocial, and behavioral measures

Programs get immediate access to their patients’ data and are able to see how their data compares to aggregated data from other programs in the registry. Reports based on various demographic variables will help programs determine whether there are inequalities in outcomes based on gender, ethnic, or age differences, or comorbidities.

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Sponsors and Development

AACVPR would like to thank the following sponsors of the Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Registry for their support:

 Founding Sponsor 


The Registry is being developed by Cissec Corporation of Kingston, Ontario, in cooperation with SmithBucklin and AACVPR.


Contact Us

If you have any questions about the AACVPR registry, please contact us at registry@aacvpr.org

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