Sarah Brooks, Manager - Data Analytics

An Introduction to HES Data from Meditrends

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by Sarah | 27 Jul Read Time2 min

About the author: Sarah Brooks, Manager - Data Analytics, has a broad experience of the Pharma industry and has seen it from various angles, including working with and as an Account Manager in a well-known creative agency. At the start of her career, following her graduation from the University of Leeds, she worked at Digital Public on the Commissioning Support Programme for the Department for Children, Schools and Families.


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.