Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) contains roughly 1 billion records on patients attending accident and emergency units, whether admitted for treatment or attending outpatient clinics.
The Diagnostic Imaging Dataset (DID) is a collection of data from NHS-funded diagnostic imaging tests (MRI scans, x-rays etc.) extracted from NHS providers’ radiological information systems.
The linkage of HES to DID permits the analysis of acute secondary care pathways for patients who have received diagnostic imaging tests in England. Such analyses should facilitate research, help to identify trends or variation in patient outcomes, and provide the evidence with which to improve services for patients.
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HES and DID Report: October 2013
The first statistical report concerning linked HES (hospital episode statistics) and DID (diagnostic imaging data set) data has been released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre. It covers patients who accessed NHS funded services in England in the 2012/13 financial year.
HES and DID Report October 2013. London: Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), October 2013.
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