Commission of the Executive Database Steering Committee (EDSC)

Updated:Nov 19,2015

Number of Members: 15-16

Method of Appointment
Members shall include:

  • Chairperson
  • 15-16 members representing a broad cross section of scientific interest areas along with individuals with database management experience. Included on this committee would be an individual who represents each of the areas where we have scientific databases (i.e., GWTG, NRCPR, Choose To Move, etc.) as well as at-large members.  Individuals with statistical knowledge and expertise in intellectual property law and information system must also be represented. One member with expertise in negotiating vendor contracts is desirable.
  • The chairperson and all the members shall be appointed by the president.

Term of Office
Two-year staggered terms for the chairperson and the members, with half of its members being appointed each year for terms beginning July 1 and ending June 30 and eligible for renewal for one additional two-year term.

Frequency of Meetings
The committee shall meet via teleconference quarterly and as otherwise needed and will meet face-to-face at scientific meetings or other appropriate forums, a minimum of once annually.

The American Heart Association owns and/or use a number of scientific databases and/or registries to track outcomes of AHA programs and scientific efforts.  The Guidelines for Database Governance and Operational Management have been established by the AHA Science Advisory and Coordinating Committee (SACC).  The mission of EDSC will include:

  • Establish priorities for database development.
  • Approve and enforce database guidelines.
  • Oversee database development and management.
  • Evaluate new database proposals.
  • Review contracts between the AHA and vendors.
  • Recommend methods for data collection, reporting and analysis.
  • Review and approve database projects and publications (abstracts, manuscripts, etc).
  • Identify opportunities to expand AHA databases use.
  • Perform an annual review of each database.
  • Provide advisory role for Scientific Advisory Boards (SABs) of each database.
  • Allocate resources across databases.

The committee is responsible for any AHA scientific databases at national or local level, but does not cover customer-based databases at the AHA. The committee reports directly to SACC.


Approved by the AHA Board of Directors in June 2002.

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