International Quality Improvement Collaborative for Congenital Heart Surgery
Global Project Lead: Boston Children’s Hospital (Unfunded)
The International Quality Improvement Collaborative (IQIC) for Congenital Heart Disease is an initiative to collect and assess benchmarking data for congenital heart surgery in the developing world, with the overall goal of guiding quality improvement efforts and reducing mortality for congenital heart disease. IQIC was launched in 2008 by Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard University and there are currently 54 sites in 22 different countries enrolled. Sites submit diagnostic, procedural, and clinical information into a centralized repository using a web-based (RedCap) data entry tool. Evaluation of surgical outcomes and risk-adjusted mortality rates are used as benchmarks for comparison with other participating sites. Our unit joined this initiative in 2017 and the database is managed by Dr Swanson who collects and enters the required clinical information.