Vascular Quality Initiative Surpasses 25,000 Procedure Milestone

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M2S, Inc., the registry provider of the Vascular Quality Initiative, announced today that it has surpassed the 25,000 mark for procedures entered into the database. The Vascular Quality Initiative (VQI) focuses on improving patient safety and the quality of vascular health care by providing a common platform for participating centers and physicians.

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Improving patient safety and the quality of vascular health care with M2S and the Vascular Quality Initiative

M2S, Inc., the registry provider of the Vascular Quality Initiative, announced today that it has surpassed the 25,000 mark for procedures entered into the database. The Vascular Quality Initiative (VQI), established in 2011 by the Society for Vascular Surgery® (SVS) in partnership with M2S, focuses on improving patient safety and the quality of vascular health care by providing a common platform for participating centers and physicians to analyze outcomes, reinforce best practices, and share quality improvement efforts regionally, nationally, and internationally.

The rapid growth in the number of procedures in the Vascular Quality Initiative database is a result of the exponential growth of participating centers. Today there are more than 85 institutions taking part in VQI, entering an average of 300 procedures per week. Utilizing M2Sā€™s Clinical Data Pathways web-based registry, VQI collects pre-operative risk factors, intra-procedural variables, post-procedural outcomes, and one year follow-up data on carotid endarterectomy, carotid artery stenting, open and endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms, infra-inguinal and supra-inguinal bypass, peripheral vascular intervention, and thoracic and complex EVAR procedures. The Pathways database also provides real-time benchmarked reports of major outcomes and processes of care.

Another factor towards the growth of Vascular Quality Initiative is the expansion of regional quality groups, a key component of the Initiative. Under the auspices of the SVS Patient Safety Organization (SVS PSO), regional quality groups share and analyze data through anonymous, benchmarked reports to initiate quality-improvement projects. The continued formation and expansion of regional quality groups will create a greater value for benchmarking clinical data among hospitals, as well as the continued accumulation of data that can leverage quality-improvement initiatives and lead to improved patient care. Today, multiple regional quality groups are organized or organizing throughout the United States in New England, the Mid-Atlantic, the Virginias, the Carolinas, Georgia, Florida, the South, Southern California, and Michigan.

About M2S, Inc.
M2S provides medical image and data management services designed to improve patient outcomes through clinical data registries, advanced image analysis, and aortic device clinical trials. The company developed Clinical Data Pathways in partnership with the Vascular Study Group of New England (VSGNE) in order to advance its vascular quality improvement registry. Upcoming releases to Clinical Data Pathways will include additional procedure forms ā€“ Dialysis Access and Amputation ā€“ as well as new reporting features. For more information on Clinical Data Pathways and the Vascular Quality Initiative, visit the M2S booth at the Vascular Annual Meeting® in Chicago June 16-18, 2011 or go to http://www.m2s.com/vascular-quality-initiative.

About the Society for Vascular Surgery
The Society for Vascular Surgery® (SVS) is a not-for-profit professional medical society, composed primarily of vascular surgeons, that seeks to advance excellence and innovation in vascular health through education, advocacy, research, and public awareness. SVS is the national advocate for 3,370 specialty-trained vascular surgeons and other medical professionals who are dedicated to the prevention and cure of vascular disease. Visit its Web site at http://www.VascularWeb.org® and follow SVS on Twitter by searching for VascularHealth or at http://twitter.com/VascularHealth.

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