AACVPR 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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About the Registry

Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Legal Questions
Influencing National Healthcare Practices
Benefits for Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs

Registry Functionality
Data Collection and Reporting
Sponsors and Development

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.

AACVPR Outpatient Cardiac Rehab Registry Protocol (PDF)

Click Here to view the 28th Annual Meeting Breakout Session "AACVPR Cardiac Rehabilitation Registry Update" at no cost!

Frequently Asked Questions

Please access the below linked FAQ document outline sections such as Data Collection, Reporting, and Patient Privacy & HIPAA Compliance.

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

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.

Legal FAQs *NEW*

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.

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:

Download the Registry brochure (PDF)

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.

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.

Sample Registry Comparison Report
Sample Registry Individual Report
Sample Registry Program Report
Data Elements (PDF)

Definitions and Comments for Selected Data Elements (PDF)
Data Sheet (Word)
Data Sheet Follow-up Assessment (Word)
Performing Follow-up Assessments: FAQs (PDF)

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.


Only Principal Users should complete this contact form to start the subscription process.
It will then be the principal users’ responsibility to establish access and identify roles for all other Registry users at his/her program.

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