Extent of diagnostic imaging use in hospitals highlighted by new analysis October 2nd, 2013 admin Latest News Shares Comments Extent of diagnostic imaging use in hospitals highlighted by new analysis Two in five patients using hospital services in 2012/13 had a diagnostic imaging procedure as part of their care, first-time data linkage by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) shows today. Today’s new analysis relates to all three main hospital services (admitted patient care, A&E and outpatients) in England and represents the first ever linkage of hospital data (Hospital Episode Statistics) to diagnostic imaging data (Diagnostic Imaging Dataset). The report offers a starting point to better understanding imaging requirements and outcomes for patients undergoing different procedures in acute care. It relates to almost 27 million patients (who were present in both the HES and DID datasets) who used an NHS-funded hospital service at least once in 2012/13. The key findings are: Nine million patients were admitted to hospital at least once and of these, five million (58 per cent) had at least one imaging procedure during the year Twelve million patients had at least one accident and emergency attendance and almost six million (around 48 per cent) of these also had at least one imaging procedure during the year Twenty million patients had at least one outpatient appointment and nine million of these patients (45 per cent) had at least one imaging procedure in the year. The HSCIC aims to build on today’s initial findings with a more in-depth report in 2014. HSCIC chair Kingsley Manning said: “Today’s report is the latest example of data linkage by the HSCIC, which aims to shed new light on different aspects of activity and outcomes across health and social care, by connecting information together for the first time. “Through making these connections, linkage has the potential to help drive better treatments and outcomes; offering evidence and context about different patient pathways for commissioners, health and social care professionals, patients and the public.” Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07930717137 Email [email protected] Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Facebook www.facebook.com/otsnews.co.uk Related Comments comments!