New time-saving data collection system

We’ve developed an innovative, automated data collection system which will save the NHS thousands of hours each year.

The simple system, which works with all NHS applications, places a server on to your systems that automatically “pulls” data from your databases, removing the need for you to export and upload the data manually. All of the winter sitrep data that you'd normally upload manually on a daily basis, will be automatically uploaded to our databases. 

We know the current manual system of uploading the winter sitrep data can take up to 45 mins per day so this new proecss will save you valuable time. Through our Emergency Care Improvement Programme (ECIP), we've already successfully implemented the system in more than 40 trusts.

The system will also be used to populate an emergency care dashboard, giving you deep insight into how patients flow through your emergency department and where there maybe bottlenecks. This should allow you to put targeted plans in place to remove or reduce delays within the system and will also help us to provide targeted support to trusts that need it most.

We know that manually uploading data places a large burden on trusts, and we wanted to develop something that reduces that burden, while also providing trusts with something in return.  

This new system, which will be in place for all trusts from October 2017, provides trusts with up to date information about patient flow through A&E, to help them identify and make improvements to their systems. It will also help us to provide targeted support to trusts during the winter period.

Jim Mackey, Chief Executive, NHS Improvement

Additional features of the new system

The system will also be used to populate the emergency care dashboard and will provide you with data on: 

  • arrivals (ambulance and non-ambulance)
  • ambulance handovers over 30 minutes
  • time to initial assessment (split by ambulance and non-ambulance arrival)
  • time to treat / senior review to departure
  • average wait
  • breaches against the 4 hour A&E admit or discharge target
  • number of; breaches admitted, non-admitted breaches, stranded patients, patients in a bed by midnight
  • emergency admissions

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