CARES is a secure, web-based data management system in which participating communities enter local data and generate their own reports.
Communities can compare their EMS system performance to de-identified aggregate statistics at the local, state, or national level and discover promising practices that could improve emergency cardiac care. CARES provides coordinator support for implementation and reporting, as well as tools for data collection.
Saving Lives Through Improved Care and Prevention
CARES data are used to help communities benchmark and improve their performance for OHCA care. CARES allows participating communities to view their own statistics online confidentially and compare their performance to anonymous aggregated data at the local, regional, or national level. CARES automatically calculates local 911 response intervals, delivery rates for critical interventions (e.g., bystander CPR and public access defibrillation [PAD]), and community rates of survival and functional status at discharge, on the basis of each patient’s CPC Scale. An annual report is provided to all participating communities that summarizes local results in comparison to regional and national benchmarks. Tracking performance longitudinally allows communities to better understand which elements of their care are working well and which elements need improvement. Reporting at the state and local levels can enable state and local public health and EMS agencies to coordinate their efforts to target improving emergency response for OHCA events which can lead to improvement in OHCA survival rates. (mycares.net)
HeartRescue has partnered with CARES since 2011, choosing CARES as the database of choice for HeartRescue partners. This has allowed us to compare just the HeartRescue cohort, an added value to HeartRescue participants. HeartRescue also works closely with CARES to make sure our partners data needs are met. HeartRescue also provides assistance to partners regarding their data-collection, analysis or roll out by providing expertise and experience to new members.