Dear Neonatologists, Pediatric Leaders and Hospital Administrators,
VPS is proud to announce the unveiling of a new neonatal data registry and analytics platform; “VPS NICU”.
The purpose of this database is to serve the day-to-day NICU needs, including: unit management, quality improvement and clinical research for all contributing members to this Neonatal Data Registry. The database will be solely designed and developed by leading Neonatologists for the purpose of meeting the needs of all NICUs - small and large, inborn and outborn, academic and non-academic. Obviously, the field of neonatal registries has some longtime members – Vermont Oxford Network (VON), California Quality Perinatal Care Collaborative (CPQCC), and others such as Children’s Hospital Neonatal Database (CHND). Recent shifts in the landscape of neonatal data registries provide an opportunity to consider a new state-of-the-art entry. VPS will work with both VON and CPQCC to bridge both inborn and outborn populations in order to permit single, streamlined data entry into not only the new registry but also to VON, CPQCC and possibly others, to increase the efficiency of data abstraction while broadening the breadth of data available to each unit to utilize.
VPS NICU will provide significant advantages:
It will be comprehensive by including all NICUs that want to join and will collect data on all patients admitted to the NICU, allowing for a broad level of analysis of unit performance and comparison;
It will be developed and managed solely by neonatologists through a National Neonatal Advisory Group;
Similar to all existing VPS data registries, this new registry will permit robust benchmarking and risk adjustment;
It will be open to all participants for quality improvement, clinical research needs, and local hospital use and will include custom built dashboards and reporting capabilities;
It will have the ability to provide an unprecedented level of data continuity by linking patients as they move between ICUs and epochs, including prenatal and transport contexts, NICU, HRIF Clinic, PICU and Cardiac ICU, allowing these patients to be followed across the hospital;
It will have the capability of custom data entry and integration for the specific needs of individual NICUs and/or groups – examples include bedside physiologic data, hospital acquired conditions, epidemiologic and cost-effectiveness analysis data;
If your institution is an existing VPS member, you are already contracted with VPS which will save considerable time and resources in not having to execute another legal review/approval. A simple addendum can quickly add your NICU to the VPS NICU registry.
VPS has managed a pediatric critical care data registry for over 135 units for more than 15 years with more than 1,000,000 total harvested cases (of which over 40,000 cases are neonates) and a Cardiac ICU data registry for more than 8 years amassing over 130,000 Cardiac cases. Participating members have over 125 publications using VPS data and VPS is the steward for two pulmonary and critical care measures with the National Quality Forum (NQF). VPS has an impeccable track record for data security and responsiveness to the needs of the ICU communities. VPS, not-for-profit owned, is a one-stop-shop where all services are provided from within and only one contract is required.
VPS NICU will start accepting data as early as the first quarter of 2017 with the option to intake prior data as far back as 2009. The annual membership fee will be based on unit size, and will vary from $10,000 to $18,000 per year.
Please contact VPS’s COO Brian Reisner at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have interest to join us and participate in the development and innovation of this exciting new neonatal endeavor designed for all neonatal ICUs and neonatologists.
Randall C. Wetzel, MBBS, MRCP, LRCS, MSB
Chairman, Department of Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine
The Anne O' M Wilson Professor of Critical Care Medicine
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Professor of Pediatrics and Anesthesiology, USC Keck School of Medicine
Director, The Laura P. and Leland K. Whittier Virtual PICU
Philippe S. Friedlich, M.D., MS Epi, MBA
Professor of Pediatrics & Surgery USC Keck School of Medicine
Interim Center Director & Division Chief, Center for Fetal and Neonatal Medicine
USC Division of Neonatal Medicine
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Steven W. Chin, MD MMSc
Director, VPS NICU
Medical Director, Quality & Performance Improvement
Newborn and Infant Critical Care Unit, Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Medical Director, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Providence Tarzana Medical Center
Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, USC Keck School of Medicine