About: Overview | Stroke Impact | Task Force
Stroke is a major illness among Arkansans. In 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ranked Arkansas No. 1 for stroke deaths in the United States. The costs associated with stroke are tremendous including disability, personal, social, loss of productivity, and future healthcare costs to the tune of $1.19 billion if stroke outcomes do not improve.
To help combat strokes and its poor outcomes, the Acute Stroke Care Task Force helped develop the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) Arkansas Stroke Registry (ASR) in 2011. The ASR functions to collect stroke data, monitor stroke trends, and evaluate stroke care performance and outcome measures from hospitals that deliver stroke care. The ASR collaborates closely with EMS and participating hospitals for timely data reporting, quality improvement, and training interventions to reduce stroke deaths and disability.
In 2012, ADH received a federal grant that enabled the ASR to become a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) designated Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Registry. The ASR currently implements a statewide quality improvement program for 42 Arkansas hospitals, which are currently members of the ASR.
The ASR proudly partners with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) and EMS to support and provide resources for ASR hospitals and EMS agencies in their efforts to improve quality of stroke care.
The following TV News report, broadcast 10/28/2011, provides an overview of the Arkansas Stroke Registry and features an interview with stroke survivor Senator Bobby Glover: