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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 …
Contributors JMD suggested writing this letter and the other authors helped prepare the text and approved the final version.
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