Emergency Care Data Set pilot is a success

31 Jan 2017

A collaborative project is currently underway to replace the existing Accident and Emergency Commissioning Data Set with the new Emergency Care Data Set (ECDS).

Designed to capture the full detail of emergency department activity across England, The Royal College of Emergency Medicine is working with Leeds Teaching Hospitals to develop the new data set within two large hospitals – Leeds General Infirmary and St James’ Hospital.

Both of these hospitals – along with 50% of emergency departments in England – use EMIS Health’s urgent and emergency care solution, Symphony. The data recorded in Symphony has been used to form the ECDS and has also helped to pinpoint what fields are needed to meet the criteria of the new data set.

Pilot activities already completed have included configuration changes and ECDS extracts. Analysis has also been carried out to understand the impact that the new fields will have on end users, other systems interacting with Symphony and on external communications such as GP letters.

“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,” commented Dr Tom Hughes, who has been working with EMIS Health as the clinical lead for ECDS.

Findings from the pilot will be used to inform the implementation plan for the anticipated roll out of the ECDS in October 2017.

NHS England has also made comments on incentives for trusts, stating that “the October 2017 time frame is supported by the inclusion of ECDS implementation in the NHS England CQUIN scheme for 2017/2019. The level of incentive will be dependent on a trust’s annual contract value. For example, for a Trust with an annual contract value of £400m, the amount available for the ECDS component of the 2017/2019 CQUIN scheme is £200,000 per financial year for the next two years.

“Please refer to the NHS England CQUIN pages for further information, specifically CQUIN 8a: ‘Supporting proactive and safe discharge.’”