Enabling Data Architecture Implementation Options - Data Provider Survey

Closed 31 Jan 2020

Opened 27 Nov 2019


Data provides a rich resource for the NHS to support policy and treatments, enable effective oversight, and identify efficiencies.  However, it is recognised that across the health and care system data is not always acquired in the most efficient or effective way.

The Data Architecture and Secondary Uses Transformation programme will address these inefficiencies and unlock the potential for data to be used more effectively by enabling more frequent data flows and safer linkage of data from multiple sources.

The programme will support a more effective approach to standardisation in a ‘collect once, use often’ model for data that flows at patient-level and event-level in near real-time.  The underlying principles are to: “create better value from data” and “do more with available data” across health and social care.  This means reducing burden and enabling improved data collection, transfer, and processing.

At the same time a review of existing single-use aggregate data collections will identify which metrics and data collections can be retired.  By flowing near real-time modularised data from providers, NHS Digital expects to be able to complete central returns using the data it has already received, reducing the onus on trusts.  Modular data architecture enables the flow of more than one data item either by event or batch process.

Why We Are Consulting

NHS Digital is exploring ways to simplify data submission processes by creating smaller and more frequent data flows from NHS providers, which can be used to populate existing relevant aggregate reports, promoting reuse of data and reducing burden on NHS providers.

NHS Digital recognises a move from current data submission processes to automated, modular data flows may be a complex change for many providers and their system suppliers. 

With that in mind, NHS Digital has developed this survey in an attempt to capture, at a high level, the impact that each of the proposed implementation options will have on your organisation.  We would be very grateful if you would complete this survey.  We acknowledge that in your specific role you may not have all of the information available, therefore please feel free to consult with your colleagues.

There are 36 questions in this survey.  The survey closes at midnight 3 January 2020.

What Happens Next

Your views will form part on an internal Impact Assessment report that will not identify respondents and will be used to shape the implementation approach for the Enabling Data Architecture programme.


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