PINNACLE India Quality Improvement Program (PIQIP) Featured in the Journal of the American Heart Association

“Cardiovascular Disease Performance Measures in the Outpatient Setting in India: Insights from the American College of Cardiology’s PINNACLE India Quality Improvement Program (PIQIP),” published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, is the first published report from PIQIP, an international project within the PINNACLE Registry program that has been ongoing for the past three years.

The PIQIP effort is designed to assist cardiologists practicing in India to evaluate the quality of the cardiovascular care that their patients receive. Built on the PINNACLE platform, the PIQIP collects data from individual patient encounters that allow calculation of performance measures related to three disease states: coronary artery disease, heart failure, and atrial fibrillation. The lead author of the study is Ankur Kalra, MD, FACP, FACC who is a cardiologist in the Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, Kalra Hospital in New Delhi, India. The senior author is Salim S. Virani, MD, PhD, FACC, of the Health Policy, Quality & Informatics Program, Michael E. DeBakey Veteran Affairs Medical Center Health Services Research and Development Center for Innovations, in Houston, Texas.

PIQIP was designed to address the increasing burden on cardiovascular disease in India by collecting data on the quality of care given in the outpatient setting. It represents the first international expansion of the PINNACLE Registry program.