ISHLT REGISTRY FOR MECHANICALLY ASSISTED CIRCULATORY SUPPORT (IMACS®)
The International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation Registry for Mechanically Assisted Circulatory Support (IMACS®) is an international registry intended to enroll and follow patients who receive durable mechanically assisted circulatory support devices (MCSD) in all countries and hospitals that wish to participate. Durable devices are defined as those devices that are capable of allowing patient discharge with the device in place. Devices are defined on a country by country basis. The registry will record pre-implant patient information, device information and will track the major post implant clinical events.
The primary goal of the IMACS® Registry is to create, implement and analyze a registry that contains high standards for complete enrollment of patients and complete and accurate submission of MCSD data that allows participating centers to engage in important outcomes research about mechanical support devices.
ISHLT has awarded a three year contract to the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) under the direction of Dr. James K. Kirklin. UAB will serve as the data coordinating and analysis center (DCAC). The programming for the web-based data entry system will be performed by the Transplant Informatics Institute (TII), in Richmond, Virginia under a subcontract to UAB. TII is a subsidiary of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), which is the contractor for the United States Governmentís Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network.IMACS® NEWS 5/22/14
In response to feedback at the 2014 ISHLT IMACS® Meeting and Booth, additional pages with more information regarding the IMACS® Registry have been added to the website. The new additions include:
- In depth enrollment/regulatory guidelines
- Outline of the IMACS Protocol and Usersí Guide
- Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
- Links to other registries in which IMACS has a relationship
- Updated contact information
- Past IMACS Registry Presentations (Coming soon)
Infectious Disease data elements have been added to the IMACS® web based data system as a result of a collaboration with the Infectious Disease Council of the ISHLT. This relationship presents opportunities:
- For added value to IMACS®
- To better understand the incidence and risk factors for post MCSD infections
- To engage the infectious disease clinicians in MCSD treatment and follow-up
IMACS® and Euromacs have signed an agreement to work together. Details will be released in the upcoming months regarding the relationship in the ISHLT Links and Euromacs Newsletters!
For IMACS enrollment or general questions, please contact