Extent of diagnostic imaging use in hospitals highlighted by new analysis [UK] – hscic – 2 October 2013

Posted on October 4, 2013. Filed under: Acute Care, Radiology | Tags: |

Extent of diagnostic imaging use in hospitals highlighted by new analysis [UK] – hscic – 2 October 2013

“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.”

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