RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A new partnership aims to help stroke centers across Virginia track stroke trends and patients in the hope of helping more patients.

The Virginia Department of Health announced a partnership with ESO, a data and software company that services emergency medical services, fire departments, hospitals, and state and federal agencies, on Monday. It’s called the Virginia Stroke Registry.

According to a release, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States, and stroke-related death rates have gone up in recent years.

This registry gives stroke centers a place to securely submit stroke data to a single, central location, which can then be used to identify evidence-based trends and patterns.

This data can be used to help stroke patients transition through the entire spectrum of the care they need following a stroke, from calling for emergency assistance to rehabilitation to post-acute care.

VDH says all hospitals and emergency medical services agencies across the Commonwealth will be able to participate in the registry.

“The ability to collect and share stroke data and collaborate with other organizations across the Commonwealth is a major step forward in our ability to improve the care and well-being of all the people of Virginia,”  said State Health Commissioner Colin M. Greene, MD, MPH. 

The release says the benefits of this registry will include the collection of stroke data using a national-recognized data from the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program, identifying key trends to improve patient care and response, providing data to help inform decisions and drive quality improvements across all states of stroke care, and produce and deliver research papers and studies based on state-wide aggregated data.

For more information on the registry, click here.