What is HES Data?

Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) is a database captured and managed by NHS Digital, containing details of all admissions at NHS hospitals in England. It allows hospitals to be paid for the care they deliver (Payment by Results).

Each HES record contains a wide range of anonymised information about an individual patient admitted to an NHS hospital. For example:

  • Clinical information about diagnoses and operations
  • Information about the patient, such as age group, gender and ethnic category
  • Administrative information, such as date of admission, treatment speciality 
  • Geographical information on where the patient was treated and the area in which they lived.

HES Data from Meditrends

From HES we can glean insights around:

  • Disease Epidemiology: Incidence, Prevalence and Mortality
  • Treatments and Procedures
  • Disease awareness
  • Treatment pathways
  • Treatment specialty
  • Patient populations and their characteristics 
  • Health Outcomes
  • Co-morbidities
  • Resource utilisation
  • Geographical distribution of patients
  • Disease area insights
  • Disease burden
  • Economic Value: Healthcare resource utilisation and Costs

Meditrends makes Hospital Episode Statistics data (HES) accessible – it presents the aggregated and anonymised HES data in a suite of reports that are easy to interpret and interrogate. 

Therapy Area codes are predefined ensuring ease of use, consistency of message across all users of the tool as well as an easier sign off process internally. 

Insights from Meditrends can be used to:

  • Provide decision support
  • Transform data into actionable insights 
  • Qualify and quantify disease burden
  • Present compelling Real-World data stories/narratives
  • Engage with Health Care Professionals (HCPs)
  • Support strategic decision making
  • Identify current and future clinical needs and address them with innovative therapeutic strategies and treatments
  • Inform healthcare decisions
  • Understand, demonstrate and communicate value 
  • Improve patient outcomes

Find out more about Meditrends here,  or please contact our Manager – Data Analytics Sarah Brooks for further information or to arrange a demonstration.

In many industries, continuing education isn’t a requirement and may not be seen as an effective use of resources. But just because an employee has graduated from university and received their degree, this shouldn’t mean that their learning stops there.

This is particularly true in medical communications. In a constantly changing, client-focused industry, professional development allows us to adapt to current trends and be more aware of our clients’ and their patients’ needs.

Here at Dice, we have recognised this need for continued development and so we’ve created Cubed, our new internal training platform.

Introducing Cubed

Cubed helps us identify areas within the agency that can be strengthened, expand our existing skills and make sure we not only maintain our standards but raise them. The ultimate goal being to help every member of the team grow, and as a result improving our creative output and impact.

To kick things off, we recently undertook a series of brand training sessions led by Ian Forth. The sessions covered advertising and marketing, the importance of writing a good brief, and the values of brands; key areas that an agency should have a good understanding of in order to successfully deliver brand growth. These sessions were well received by everyone and an excellent way to kickstart Cubed.

Following on from this, we look to add to our new platform with future training including:

  • Running a pharma company from a previous CEO
  • Client management workshops
  • Veeva (and other platform) certifications

With the foundations of Cubed now laid, we’ll be sure to continue our development so we as individuals, and as an agency, keep on growing. 

Careers in medical communications

If you’re considering a career in medical communications, continuous professional development is a key aspect of every role. Not only will it help you to personally develop and learn new skills, but it will also help you to stand out amongst other potential applicants.

For further information regarding career opportunities at Dice, visit our Careers page and get in contact – we’re always willing to hear from potential applicants across a range of roles and specialisms.