The Victorian Cardiac Outcomes Registry (VCOR) monitors the performance of health services in Victoria - both public and private - in the delivery of high quality, cardiac based therapies and aims to improve the quality of care provided to patients with cardiovascular disease.
PCI - together with coronary artery bypass surgery - has become a key treatment in the battle against coronary heart disease. This technique involves directly treating the narrowings that develop inside coronary arteries due to atherosclerosis. By opening up these arteries, PCI can significantly improve a person's quality of life and overall outcome.
Each year there are around 55,000 heart attacks around the country. Current predictions suggest that it is going to get worse with chronic heart disease estimated to rise by 36% in the next decade. The need for high quality, effective, therapies, easily and equally accessible to all sectors of the community is obvious.
Welcome to the Victorian Cardiac Outcomes Registry
The Victorian Cardiac Outcomes Registry (VCOR) is a state-wide, population-based clinical quality registry. It is a centralised quality assurance project aiming to improve the quality of care provided to patients with cardiovascular disease.
VCOR is coordinated by Monash University in conjunction with the Victorian Cardiac Clinical Network and participating public and private Victorian hospitals. VCOR collects data about patients undergoing relevant cardiac treatments, procedures and interventions and follows up on medical outcomes and complications up to 30 days after a patient has been discharged from hospital. This information is used to then report the outcomes of interventions and treatments back to hospitals and relevant stakeholders to help determine what factors contribute to and promote better patient outcomes. It also helps to identify what issues may be impeding more successful outcomes in some settings. These reports provide a unique opportunity for health care providers to benchmark their performance against other public and private Victorian health services. Ultimately, we hope to be able to benchmark performance both nationally and internationally in the future.
VCOR is funded by the Department of Health, Victoria; their generous contribution and enthusiastic support for this registry are a testament to the importance of a centralised, state-wide quality assurance practice.