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AATS Quality Gateway

21st Century Quality, Research, and Collaboration

Modern Data Concepts and Risk Assessment

Featuring a modern, cloud-hosted data structure focusing on quality and using machine learning for risk assessment tools across all procedures. Quality outcomes comprise metrics that matter and are actionable.

Real-Time Feedback

Providing real-time feedback using advanced analytics and visualization with extensive, site-specific, tailored dashboards of performance. Built-in reporting tools allow easy export of data for external reporting and allow for automated submission to state databases.


Includes multi-site collaboration efforts to improve quality. Multidisciplinary teams communicating in an online forum discussing best practices. Collaboratives could be formed for investigator-initiated clinical trials or commercially sponsored trials.

The surgeons and data managers spoke, and the AATS listened. Using their feedback, the AATS continues to develop a novel and transformative 21st century Quality Gateway program. Designed to help our patients and specialties with accurate risk assessment, modern analytics, and peer-to-peer collaboration. Built on a Cloud-based platform, with customizable dashboards and advanced data visualization, you will always be able to access your data whenever and however you want it.

The inspiration and vision behind the Quality Gateway can be found in more detail in the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, “A Comprehensive American Association for Thoracic Surgery Quality Program for the 21st Century.” . J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2019 Oct:158 (4):1120-1126.

21st Century Partnerships

AATS has partnered with HUBzero at the University of California at San Diego to build, manage, and secure the AATS Quality Gateway. Data will be housed in the Sherlock Cloud, a HIPPA-compliant, secure, cloud-based, health cyberinfrastructure operated by the UCSD Supercomputer Center. HUBzero, supported by NSF and NIH, has been building web-based science gateways that host analytical tools, publish data, share resources, and provide collaboration spaces for numerous healthcare projects.