Emergency Care Data Set

We're helping trusts prepare for the new Emergency Care Data Set (ECDS), enabling them to meet CQUIN targets and receive incentives early.

The new Emergency Care Data Set will be replacing the Accident and Emergency Care Data Set (CDS) this year. The data set will be available from April 2017, and is required to be implemented by emergency departments by October 2017. We can help you put plans in place to be ready for the changes. 

“We are very grateful for the support from EMIS Health to deliver this phase of the project, which has given us the confidence that the ECDS can be implemented successfully.”

Dr Tom Hughes, clinical lead for ECDS

We've been working with the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, NHS Digital and NHS England on the pilot project for ECDS. The pilot was implemented at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. Now the pilot is complete and has been a success, steps for other trusts to take the new data set are being put in place.

What's included in the new data set?

There are 107 fields in the ECDS, 46 of which are new and 61 remain from the A&E CDS Type 10. New items include:

  • chief complaint
  • emergency care acuity
  • injury surveillance data
  • referral specialty
  • admitting specialty
  • discharge follow up and safeguarding.

How can we help?

As there are so many new fields, you'll need to analyse your current process and plan new configuration for implementation. We can help you with any part of - or all of - this process:

  • current process analysis
  • gap analysis
  • configuration
  • implementation.

With our Keystone messaging service, we can also help you with the transmission of the CDS to the Secondary Uses Service (SUS), giving you peace of mind that your messaging requirements are met. 

What are the benefits?

  • Improved quality of data in ED relating to patient presentation, diagnosis and discharge.
  • Better understanding of value added by new models of care.
  • Improved patient care and experience - ensuring patients receive care in the appropriate setting.
  • Commissioners can accurately fund demand and implement strategic changes.
  • Trusts can gain from CQUIN targets and payment mechanisms.
  • Support future healthcare policy.
  • Improved data access, research and audit in emergency healthcare to support service improvement initiatives.