NICOR and the cinical data transparency initiative
12 July 2012
NICOR, an umbrella organisation for a number of national registries created by professional cardiovascular (CV) societies, manages national clinical audits.
Established by Professor Sir Bruce Keogh in 2006, NICOR is currently led by Professors Sir Roger Boyle and John Deanfield.
Through collaborative and transparent working partnerships with clinicians, database managers, analysts, health services researchers, patients and the public, NICOR will provide healthcare service users and providers in England and Wales with high quality, valid, generalisable and timely information on the quality of CV care.
In addition, NICOR will return clinically validated outcomes to the public, participating organisations, and regional and national health authorities, and facilitate research using the data from these audits.
NICOR collects cross-sectional data coronary percutaneous interventions (British Cardiovascular Intervention Society), adult cardiac surgery (Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery), and acute coronary syndromes (Myocardial Ischaemia National Audit Project, MINAP), as well as cardiac rhythm management (Heart Rhythm UK), congenital heart disease (British Congenital Cardiac Association), and heart failure (British Society for Heart Failure).
These data are used for audit, performance evaluation and research purposes; they are referenced by policy makers and regulators to inform on the delivery of clinical services.
NICOR is, therefore, well positioned to address the many complex issues that lie behind the 'transparency initiative' as they apply to CV disease.
The National Institute for Cardiovascular Outcomes Research (NICOR) executive recently published an Editorial article in Heart.
The article can be accessed by following the link below:
More information about NICOR can be found on our website: