Scotland has some of the best health service data in the world. Few other countries have information which combines high-quality data, consistency, national coverage and the ability to link data to allow patient-based analysis and follow up. The Information Services Division (ISD) is a division of National Services Scotland, part of NHS Scotland. ISD provides health information, health intelligence, statistical services and advice that support the NHS in progressing quality improvement in health and care and facilitates robust planning and decision making.
Accident and Emergency waiting times and activity including performance against the 4-hour waiting time standard and the target to reduce attendances at Emergency Departments. The System Watch tool monitors and predicts activity and bed occupancy to support emergency healthcare service planning and management in NHS Scotland. The ongoing work to link unscheduled care data from different sources to form patient care pathways. Hospital admissions and deaths from unintentional injuries and assaults, sourced from hospital administrative systems across Scotland and the National Records of Scotland.
Data from Emergency Departments (EDs) and Minor Injuries Units (MIUs)/Other are used for several purposes including:
– Monitoring the 4-hour wait standard
– Information is used to monitor and plan for Winter Pressures
– Identifying the times of the year where activity increases
– Providing evidence to improve patient care and support Scottish Government policy