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    Texas Heart Disease and Stroke Program
    Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Section
    MC 1945
    PO Box 149347
    Austin, TX 78714-9347

    Phone: (512) 776-7111

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Heart Attack And Stroke Data Collection Overview

Background and Purpose

During the 83rd and 84th Regular Texas Legislative Sessions (Riders 97 and 67, respectively), funds were appropriated to advance heart attack and stroke reduction efforts throughout Texas. A portion of these funds were allocated to the Heart Attack and Stroke Data Collection Initiative. The Initiative focuses on pre-hospitalization and hospitalization portions of the overall heart attack and stroke systems of care.

In an effort to guide implementation of the Initiative, DSHS formed a Collaborative comprised of representatives from governor-appointed committees, state-mandated regional advisory councils, nonprofit organizations, and other pre-hospital and hospital stakeholders.

The remaining Rider 67 funds were allocated to the University of Texas System to implement the Lone Star Stroke Consortium. The Consortium aims to improve care for heart attack and stroke patients through advancing the systems of care and expanding data collection efforts. Additional information can be found on the Lone Star Stroke Consortium website. 

Data Collection Process

Our data collection efforts focus on pre-hospital and hospital heart attack and stroke data elements, with a particular focus on ST-elevated myocardial infarction (STEMI). The collection of comprehensive data will enable DSHS to conduct gap analyses and identify areas for improvement. Thus, leading to improved systems of care and outcomes for patients.

Pre-Hospital Data Collection

Pre-hospital data is accessed through the EMS & Trauma Registries. The registry is a statewide passive surveillance system that collects reportable event data from EMS providers, hospitals, Justices of the Peace, Medical Examiners, and rehabilitation facilities.

Hospital Data Collection
Hospital data is not collected through any statewide surveillance system. DSHS accesses de-identified hospital data through national registries or Regional Advisory Councils (RAC). Hospitals must authorize the sharing of their data before DSHS can access; hospitals do not submit their data directly to DSHS.

Gap analysis reports can be found below and are distributed to stakeholders across the state.

2017 Annual Report - Heart Attack      2016 Annual Report - Heart Attack  2015 Annual Report - Heart Attack 
2017 Annual Report - Stroke     2016 Annual Report - Stroke 2015 Annual Report - Stroke

2016 Regional Advisory Council-STEMI Report
2016 Regional Advisory Council-Stroke Report

For more information on how to participate, please visit the Hospital Participation or Regional Systems of Care Regional Systems of Care.

Collaborative Members 

Improvement Process

DSHS provides opportunities for training and collaboration to stakeholders at a regional and statewide level. Training at the regional level allows for more interaction between DSHS and the pre-hospital and hospital systems of care stakeholders. Training at the state level allows for all stakeholders to interact and learn valuable information to apply within their own communities.

DSHS Program Staff

Heather Bullis, MPH
Program Coordinator
Phone: 512-776-3434
: Heather.Bullis@dshs.state.tx.us  

Last updated November 13, 2017