New platform for health-based data

A new publishing platform that will make health data more accessible has been launched by National Services Scotland’s Information Services Division (ISD).

Scotland has some of the best health service data in the world and the launch of the exciting new platform is the first stage in a drive by ISD to increase the value of the information it releases.

The platform is being launched in beta format which will allow users to provide feedback and help ISD to shape the development over the next few months.

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.”

Few other countries in the world have information which combines high quality data, consistency, national coverage and the ability to link data to allow patient based analysis and follow up. ISD is working with customers from different settings to enhance this information further.

The new platform provides information in a more flexible way and allows people to access it in a way that is useful and meaningful to them.

The new prototype is focused initially on one publication, the quarterly Acute Hospital Activity and NHS Beds Publication. The prototype is available from today (December 19) on the ISD website (external link)

Users will be providing feedback through testing and an official consultation as ISD seeks to understand what people think about the different elements that have been provided to date. The consultation will remain open until February 28, 2018.

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