Emory University
Years Available
2006 to present
Mode of Collection
Abstraction of administrative data, claims data, or data from other records.
CARES was developed to help communities determine standard outcome measures for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA), allowing for local quality improvement efforts and benchmarking capability to improve care and increase survival. The program seeks to save more lives from OHCA; strengthen collaboration between 911 centers, first responders, emergency medical services (EMS) agencies and hospitals; provide a simple, confidential process for assessing patient outcomes in compliance with HIPAA; offer technical assistance to help community leaders identify and prioritize opportunities to improve EMS performance; and generate annual national and statewide reports for benchmarking capability.
Population Covered
In 2020, CARES included 28 state-based registries, the District of Columbia registry, over 45 community sites in 14 additional states, as well as more than 1,800 EMS agencies and 2,200 hospitals nationwide. The registry represents a catchment area of 145 million people (45% of US population).