The American College of Cardiology has partnered with Aga Khan Health Service, East Africa to implement the CathPCI Registry in two hospitals in East Africa. These hospitals are the first in the region to participate in ACC’s NCDR registry program.

Clinical data registries, like those that make up ACC’s NCDR, are an increasingly important means of tracking and assessing quality of care and outcomes associated with certain populations of patients with heart disease around the world. Registry data can also be used to perform cutting-edge health outcomes research and identify gaps in cardiovascular care.

The CathPCI Registry assesses the characteristics, treatments and outcome of heart disease patients who receive diagnostic catheterization as well as percutaneous coronary intervention procedures.

In the initial phase of this five-year collaboration, two Aga Khan hospitals in Tanzania and Kenya have been selected to participate in the CathPCI Registry.

The two participating hospitals are:

  • Aga Khan Hospital, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Aga Khan Hospital, Mombasa, Kenya

“NCDR provides important resources to hospitals and practices around the world as we all strive to improve the quality of the care we provide to our patients. The ACC’s efforts to expand NCDR globally is vital to our mission of transforming cardiovascular care and improving heart health,” said ACC President C. Michael Valentine, MD, FACC. “In addition, the challenges of health care in this region are well-known—from low access to insufficient research. This partnership with Aga Khan Health Services will provide these first NCDR registry sites quality metrics to improve heart health in their communities.”

With the debut of NCDR in East Africa, the total number of countries participating in one or more of the ACC’s clinical registries is 10. Through these partnerships, the ACC hopes to leverage NCDR data to create a collaborative global network to inform quality of care measurement and feedback, device surveillance, assessment of patient-centered outcomes and more.

Sulaiman Shahabuddin, Regional CEO for Aga Khan Health Services in East Africa, said, “We are grateful to the American College of Cardiology and the Aga Khan Health Board, USA, for enabling the Aga Khan Hospitals in Mombasa and Dar es Salaam to participate in the registry which will allow these hospitals to improve the quality of their recently established cardiovascular programs by tracking and benchmarking outcomes of cardiovascular procedures. The Aga Khan Hospitals in Mombasa and Dar es Salaam are proud to be the first hospitals in East Africa to be members of the CathPCI Registry.”