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Providence Center for Cardiovascular Analytics, Research + Data Science


Providence Center for Cardiovascular Analytics, Research + Data Science

Providence Center for Cardiovascular Analytics, Research + Data Science (CARDS) is dedicated to leveraging data and research to accelerate discovery in heart and vascular health. CARDS investigates the treatments, technologies and processes that lead to the best patient outcomes and create the highest value cardiovascular care.  

CARDS conducts research ‘in the context of clinical practice,’ asking and answering important questions that will shape patient care and influence how our health care delivery systems are organized. 

CARDS leverages Providence’s real-world health care experience to create new knowledge.  

CARDS Areas of Focus

CARDS encompasses several distinct teams, which focus on the following:

  • Analyze and report cardiovascular data
  • Manage cardiovascular clinical registries
  • Conduct clinical research trials
  • Support investigator-initiated research projects
  • Present and publish research findings

CARDS Analytics utilizes a wide array of healthcare data to support improvements in cardiovascular clinical care, through creation of reports and interactive data tools that enhance quality improvement teams and initiatives.  

  • Create reports to support Heart Institute’s quality improvement 
  • Generate dashboards and scorecards to disseminate quality data throughout Providence
  • Provide Providence system-level reports to compare quality outcomes across all Providence hospitals

CARDS Research teams support investigator-initiated research projects within each clinical specialty.

CardioMEMS IJ access
  • Principal Investigator: Jacob Abraham, MD
  • Collaborators: UCSF, McKenzie-Willamette, Palmetto Health/University of South Carolina
Hemodynamic, therapeutic, and clinical outcomes with CardioMEMS in heart failure patients
  • Principal Investigator: Jacob Abraham, MD
Lower mortality and heart failure hospitalization: A real world comparative effectiveness study
  • Principal Investigator: Jacob Abraham, MD
Mortality and heart failure hospitalization among new digoxin users in the DIG trial
  • Principal Investigator: William Davies, MD
Takotsubo stress cardiomyopathy: Temporal trends using the National Inpatient Sample
  • Principal Investigator: Daniel Westerdahl, MD

Decline in false positive screening electrocardiograms following adoption of refined interpretation criteria
  • Principal Investigator: James Beckerman, MD
Trends in DRG coding using the National Inpatient Sample: Are higher severity level DRGs increasing over time?
  • Principal Investigator: Ty Gluckman, MD
  • Collaborators: Washington University, Minneapolis Heart Institute/Allina Health, Massachusetts General Hospital, Emory University
Evaluation of concordance between LDL-cholesterol levels based on those directly measured, derived using the Friedewald equation, or estimated using a novel method
  • Principal Investigator: Ty Gluckman, MD
  • Collaborators: Johns Hopkins University
Transforming patient-centered specialty practice in pursuit of value-based care 
  • Principal Investigator: Xiaoyan Huang, MD
  • Collaborators: Harvard University

Intrathoracic complications in TAVR
  • Principal Investigator: Robert Hodson, MD
Temporal trends in surgical mitral valve repair, surgical mitral valve replacement and percutaneous mitral valve repair using the National Inpatient Sample
  • Principal Investigator: Brandon Jones, MD
The carotid artery as a preferred alternative access route for TAVR
  • Principal Investigator: Eric Kirker, MD
Vascular complications following TAVR
  • Principal Investigator: Brant Ullery, MD

Medical management after VQI participation
  • Principal Investigator: Brant Ullery, MD
Outcomes of fenestrated EVAR based on hospital volume
  • Principal Investigator: Brant Ullery, MD
Temporal trends in management of type B aortic dissections using the National Inpatient Sample
  • Principal Investigator: Brant Ullery, MD

Variation in surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation—A call to action
  • Principal Investigator: Scott Brancato, MD
  • Collaborators: Duke University
EHR-derived prediction of stroke risk in atrial fibrillation—An effort to improve appropriate use of antithrombotic therapy 
  • Principal Investigator: Ty Gluckman, MD

Implementation of a stop bill process to ensure correct classification of myocardial infarction-related deaths
  • Principal Investigator: Renee Swanson, RN
A nurse navigator-driven program to increase palliative care referrals for advanced heart failure patients 
  • Principal Investigator: Peggy Richter, RN
Cardiac surgery consolidation—Improving value in care delivery
  • Principal Investigator: Ty Gluckman, MD

CARDS provides support for participation in over 42 clinical trials, bringing cutting-edge clinical treatments to our patients.

  • Electrophysiology
    • DECIDE ICD, MPP, Navigate, Optisure, PSR registry, Riata, Tacticath, SMART CRT, Stop AF, Wrap it
  • Heart Failure
    • Intellect II, Guide HF, CardioMEMS, Paragon, Prevent
  • Structural Heart
    • Partner 3, Partner 3 CAP, Aortic Valve in Valve, Mitral Valve in Valve, COAPT CAS , Magna Ease, Reprise III, ProAct, ProAct On-X PAS, Cardioban
  • Interventional Cardiology
    • Transcend, Xience 90, Ilumien IV, Absorb IV, Bioflow, Short Dapt
  • Vascular
    • Best CLI, DISRUPT PAD III, Imperial, Lutonix, SAFE DCB, Viabahn
  • Other
    • AMPLATZER PFO, AMPLATZER PIVSD, EVAS2, Graftmaster, Ischemia

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CARDS manages an array of cardiovascular clinical registries, which collect data about patient risk factors, treatments, and outcomes of care provided by our clinical teams.  These nationally standardized registries provide highly structured data to support quality improvement and research.  

American College of Cardiology (ACC)
  • Chest Pain-MI
  • CathPCI - Percutaneous Coronary Intervention
  • LAAO - Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion
Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS):
  • Adult Cardiac Surgery
  • TVT - Transcatheter Valve Therapies
Vascular Quality Initiative (VQI):
  • Open AAA (Open Ascending Aortic Aneurysm)
  • Endo AAA (Endovascular Ascending Aortic Aneurysm)
  • CAS (Coronary Artery Stent)
  • CEA (Carotid Endarterectomy)
  • Infra-inguinal
Intermacs VAD - Ventricular Assist Devices