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Emergency department diagnostic codes: useful data?
  1. Jon M Dickson1,
  2. Suzanne M Mason2,
  3. Andy Bailey3
  1. 1 The Academic Unit of Primary Medical Care, The University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
  2. 2 School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
  3. 3 Information Services - Strategy & Operations, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr. Jon M Dickson, The Academic Unit of Primary Medical Care, The University of Sheffield, Sheffield, S5 7AU, UK; j.m.dickson{at}sheffield.ac.uk

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NHS England have confirmed that the Emergency Care Data Set (ECDS) will be the new method of reporting ED activity levels within the Commissioning Data Set,1 which is used to generate the Secondary Uses Service (SUS) data and then the Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) from which the influential Dr Foster data are derived. The ECDS will use a truncated version of SNOMED for diagnostic coding rather …

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