Clinical

Diagnostic data linked with hospital statistics to improve understanding of care pathways

The Health and Social Care Information Centre has published data this month that links the Diagnostic Imaging Dataset (DID) with the Hospital Episode Statistics (HES). This information will help identify trends and variation in patient outcomes, and thereby enable a much deeper understanding of the care pathway.

A statistical publication of a sample of linked HES-DID data will be published on 2 October 2013. This will include analysis to demonstrate how the data can be used to analyse patient pathways and outcomes for patients undergoing specific imaging, or to understand the imaging events leading up to a particular diagnosis or procedure.