Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) is a vast dataset collected by the NHS that contains details on all healthcare events for an individual over many years. The data is used for many things including service monitoring, payment and research.
The HES Viewer is an online display tool running in a web browser that allows us to produce an interactive infographic that summarizes all the HES episodes during life fan individual. The program takes a standard HES extract and automatically generates a dashboard, time-line and map to show where and when they have been treated.
We will use it in a number of ways: as a resource behind the Patient Portal – so that patients can view their own HES data and as part of the National Cancer Registration Service so that registration officers can quickly see if there is data they might have missed.