Appendix M. Intermacs® SITE USERS’ GUIDE This Site User’s Guide contains the instructions for navigating the web-based data entry system including the data dictionary which describes the collected data elements.
Guide to the Intermacs®web-based data entry system 1.0 Navigating the Intermacs® Application
1.2 How do I get started?
Entering a new patient:
Patient Overview Screen
1.3 How do I manage a patient’s existing record?
Editing an existing patient:
Adding an Adverse Event
Adding a Device
1.4 Ending Patient Participation
2.0 Data Dictionary
2.11 Explant: For Device Exchange, Recovery, or Transplant Form
2.12 Death Form
2.13 Patient Transfer / Consent Withdrawal Forms
2.14 Quality of Life (EuroQoL, Intermacs Pre/Post Implant, KCCQ)
2.15 Neurocognitive (Trailmaking Test Part B)
1.0 Navigating the Intermacs® Application
1.1 Introduction All data will be entered electronically through the Intermacs® web-based data entry system (Intermacs® application). The forms should be filled out as the implant, follow-up dates, and events occur. Forms should generally be completed within seven days of an event, but always within 30 days. To begin the process, go to www.intermacs.org to get to the secure login page below.
Note: If the patient is > 19 years of age at the time of implant then enter the patient into Intermacs®. If the patient is < 19 years of age at the time of implant, please enter the patient into the Pedimacs portion of the registry. Note: The Intermacs® protocol is designed for a waiver of informed consent. If your hospital policy requires informed consent then please contact the Intermacs® Data Coordinating Center (DCC) for further information.
Once you login to the Intermacs® application for patient data entry, select the Intermacs® portion of the registry. To enter a new patient you will select ‘Screen a New Patient’.
Screening Log Once the patient has met the inclusion criteria listed on the screening log (see below) then you will automatically be directed to the Intermacs® patient data entry system
Inclusion: Patient must meet all inclusion criteria: If patient meets any of the inclusion criteria then check the appropriate inclusion reasons below: □ Patient receives a durable mechanical circulatory support device (MCSD) which is FDA approved
□ Implanted on or after March 1, 2006 (The device does not need to be the first implant for the patient)
For more information regarding inclusion/exclusion criteria please refer to Section A of the Intermacs® protocol.
Forms The Intermacs® patient data entry system is comprised of a series of forms. The data to be collected are divided into forms that correspond to the clinical time course of the patient.
1 Year Post Cessation of Mechanical Support
Quality of Life FormsNeurocognitive Form
EuroQoL questionnaire Trailmaking Part B neurocognitive test
Each form must be addressed in its entirety. Each data element in a form must be addressed. There is a status bar (ST=) on most questions where “Unknown”, “Not Done”, or “Not Applicable” may be entered when information is just not available. Limited usage of this bar is expected. At the bottom of each form there is a ‘Save and Validate’ and a ‘Submit’ button. The ‘Save and Validate’ button allows you to leave the form before it is completed while saving the information you have entered. Once you have completed data entry for the entire form, the ‘Submit’ button should be selected. Once you select ‘Submit’, the application will validate the form through a process of range checks and internal consistency checks. Messages will appear for invalid or incomplete data entered. Even though a form has been submitted, you may edit information that has already been entered into the system. When you subsequently select ‘Submit’, the form will go through the validation process on the edited information.
Once you select “Screen A Patient,” then you begin entering the Intermacs® forms. The first form is the Demographic form. The specific data elements of this form are described in Section 2.0.
Patient Summary Screen Once the Demographic form is completed then, an initial Patient Summary screen is generated. The Patient Summary screen is an automatic chronological history for a patient. You will begin the patient’s history by filling out the Pre-implant form and similarly fill out the Implant form (note: the corresponding buttons for these forms are located at the top of the screen). The patient summary screen will be a very important tool in managing your patient’s medical history. Please see the next section (1.3 How do I manage an existing patient?) for more information regarding the patient summary screen.
Once you complete the initial three Intermacs® forms (Demographic, Pre-implant and Implant) then the Patient Summary screen will allow you to enter and manage the subsequent forms. This summary screen gives you an immediate overview of your data entry status. You may continue to complete forms from this summary screen for a patient.
1.3 How do I manage an existing patient’s record? To add information to an existing patient, click on Edit a patient. The User may search by first name, last name, medical record number, last 5 digits of Social Security number, date of birth, device type, device brand, implant date, or patient ID number.
When the appropriate patient is selected, the User will be directed to the Patient Summary screen. This is the primary tool for managing the data for a particular patient. This screen contains a chronological list of all existing forms for a patient. Each of these forms is accessible for viewing and editing by double-clicking on the form name. The Patient Summary screen gives a quick overview of the time course for a patient. The User will be able to view the status of each form, and it can serve as a reminder as to which events (forms) have been submitted. It may also serve as a condensed “medical record” that highlights the major events in an implanted patient. You may enter any information here for a given patient. The following sections will give a general overview for follow-up, adding an adverse event and adding a device to an existing patients’ record.
Follow up Post-implant follow up forms will be completed at 1 week, 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, and every 6 months thereafter. The follow-up forms capture a patient’s hemodynamics, medications and laboratory values. The follow-up forms at 3 months and beyond also collect the patient’s current device strategy, pump parameters, functional capacity measures, quality of life (EuroQoL, Intermacs QoL, and KCCQ) and neurocognitive test (Trailmaking Test Part B) and Stroke Scales (Modified Rankin, NIH Stroke Scale) when applicable. The follow-up forms also contain a table as a reminder to complete any adverse events that may have occurred during the associated follow-up time period.
Collection of follow-up data is an essential part of Intermacs®. For each of the follow-up forms, the following check list will appear:
Check one of the following:
Inpatient (complete follow-up form)
Outpatient (complete follow-up form)
Other Facility: Yes No
If other facility: Name of Facility: _________________
(complete follow-up form)
Unable to obtain follow-up information - this will result in an incomplete follow-up (cannot complete follow-up form)
State reason why you are unable to obtain follow-up information (check one):
patient didn’t come to clinic
Not able to contact patient
Not addressed by site
In order to capture as much follow-up information as possible, the time windows for the follow-up visits are quite generous. For example, the 6 month follow-up form is to be completed if the patient was seen at any time from 4 months to 8 months post implant (+/- 2 months or +/- 60 days). For all the follow-up time windows, please see the table below:
Clinic (or hospital) visit time table for follow-up
Example: Apr 1st implant
Acceptable Time Window for Clinic Visit
Acceptable Time Window for Clinic Visit
(+/- 3 days)
Apr 5 - Apr 11
(+/- 7 days)
Apr 24 - May 8
(+/- 1 month)
Jun 1 - Aug 1
(+/- 2 months)
Aug 1 - Dec 1
(+/- 2 months)
Feb 1 – Jun 1
(+/- 2 months)
Aug 1 - Dec 1
(+/- 2 months)
Feb 1 - Jun 1
Adding an Adverse Event The Intermacs® application has been modified to help in streamlining the entry of adverse events for a patient. Most adverse events will occur in a hospital setting (i.e. rehospitalization or initial hospitalization). There are ‘reminder’ tables that will facilitate the entry of adverse events which will be explained in the data dictionary section of this document.
We understand that there are many scenarios for an adverse event to occur so the registry will allow you to enter these events in one area of the registry. Please see the examples below.
Note: An Index hospital is referring to the site where the patient was initially enrolled into Intermacs®.
Adverse event occurs during index hospitalization:
For example, if an adverse event occurs during the index hospitalization for a patient you can enter this adverse event once the implant form is successfully submitted. The following button will appear at the top of the patient summary screen. Click this button and you will be taken to the adverse event report screen:
Adverse event occurs during rehospitalization:
Another example might be that an adverse event occurred during a rehospitalization. Again, you would click on the button listed above and enter the appropriate adverse event.
Adverse event occurs outside a hospitalization:
Once you have confirmed that this is an adverse event, you may enter this adverse event in the same way that you entered the above adverse event examples. Remember that the implant form must be successfully submitted before this button appears.
Adding a Device Intermacs® allows for entry of multiple implants for an individual patient. The LVAD implantation date will be the “driving force” of the follow up clock. If an LVAD is removed and then replaced with a new LVAD then the follow up clock restarts with the new LVAD. If the initial device implanted is an RVAD alone then the RVAD will ‘drive’ the follow-up clock and if an LVAD is implanted then the LVAD will ‘restart’ the follow-up ‘clock’.
There are two possible scenarios.
Replacement of an existing device
If a patient has a device replaced (e.g., a patient with an LVAD receives a replacement LVAD) then the previous implant for the patient must be explanted and all forms related to this implant must be completed and validated. Once the forms for the previous implant have been submitted then the “Add New Device” icon is available for the entry of a new implant for the patient.
If an additional device is implanted (e.g., a patient with an LVAD subsequently receives an RVAD) then select the “Add New Device” icon for the entry of a new implant for the patient.
If “Add New Device” is selected, the framework for the new device data entry will begin with a new Pre-Implant form. The same patient demographic data will be shared between the original implant and any subsequent implants associated with the selected patient.
(1) Death: Complete Death form and relevant AE forms.
(2) Transplant: Complete Transplant form. Patient will be followed through the OPTN database.
(3) 1 year after removal of all devices with no new implant: Regular follow-up form completion ceases, but the coordinator reports to the registry whether the patient died or was transplanted for a period of 1 year post-explant.
(1) Patient transfers medical care to another hospital: Complete all forms up to the date of transfer. Note: This will end the patient participation at your hospital. The receiving hospital will then continue following this patient. Please see section 2.13 Data Dictionary: Patient Registry Status Form
Note: For hospitals requiring informed consent:
(2) Patient revokes his/her informed consent: Complete all forms up to the date of withdrawal
2.0 Data Dictionary for the Intermacs® Application