UKA correspondentTuesday 2 January 2018

Scotland gets new healthcare data platform

Prototype from Information Services Division provides initial focus on hospital activity

National Services Scotland’s Information Services Division (ISD) has launched a prototype platform to provide health service data for the country.

Detail from website front page - drawing of hospital bedIt has become available in beta format through the ISD website, and has an initial focus on one source, the quarterly Acute Hospital Activity and NHS Beds Publication.

ISD, which provides health information and statistical services on healthcare in Scotland, claimed the country has some of the best data of its type in the world, and said this is a first step towards increasing the value of the information it releases.

Scott Heald, associate director and head of profession for Statistics at ISD, said: “I am delighted to see the launch of our new publishing platform, which is the first stage in modernising how ISD publishes its official statistics.

“Users are at the heart of what we are doing, and we’re very grateful to those users who have worked with us in the development of this prototype.

“This is an initial release to allow us to gain feedback from as wide a range of users as possible to inform how we develop the publishing platform as the means for publishing all our official statistics in future.”

The consultation on the platform will be open until the end of February.

Image: Detail of platform front page, IDS