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COVID-19 data hub for NHS Wales

A new data hub that keeps track of the NHS Wales response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been launched by the NHS Wales Informatics Service.

It will allow NHS Wales leaders and decision makers to interpret vital data from all health boards to understand capacity and the demand for care of patients with COVID-19.

The data hub brings together information from many different NHS Wales sources, providing an accurate picture and informing decisions on staffing and resources.

Data shown includes GP appointments, Emergency Department capacity, calls to NHS 111, statistics for positive COVID-19 tests, the number and location of beds, and beds with ventilators.

In response to a changing situation the data hub will be constantly developed and upgraded.

Rebecca Cook, Informatics Service Head of Information Design and Standards, said: “This is a new service developed at speed to help in the fight against COVID-19, with the aim of making it easier to understand the impact of this pandemic at local, national and UK levels.

“All the data is held in our secure data warehouse, with the highest standards of data protection.”

The data hub has received positive feedback so far from users across Wales. Richard Bowen, Programme Director 111/Out of Hours, says ”Seriously good work by the NWIS team on this. I can only imagine how much time went into pulling all the data sources together in one place – congratulations.”

Individual patient health information is not available in the data hub.

Find out more about the data hub.