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Data Access Environment (DAE)
The Data Access Environment (DAE) is the secure way users can remotely access better linked information and ensures the right person, with the right permissions gets the right data, in accordance with their Data Sharing Agreement (DSA).
Providing access to data through our secure environment reduces the need for it to leave NHS Digital. What’s more, users can take their insights to the next level by using a range of built-in tools to interrogate, analyse and visualise data for a more complete picture of health and care.
DAE forms the access point of our improved Data Processing Services, a central system that will give us the power to process larger volumes of data – faster than we have ever done before.
DAE and our improved data processing services
We are using modern Data Processing Services to streamline and automate our existing ways of collecting, processing and accessing data.
DAE is the access element of these new services and is the way most users will experience:
- faster data availability
- better linked data across data sets
- powerful tools for analysis and visualisation
These improvements mean we can provide customers with the information they need to make quicker decisions and actions, to improve health and care.
Watch our short video about DAE.
Migrating from Healthcare Data Interrogation Service (HDIS) to DAE
We are committed to improving access to the data we hold and providing robust, sustainable technology and tools to support our customers. As part of this commitment, we’re migrating HDIS (Healthcare Data Interrogation Service) to the new DAE service. This is the first service to be migrated to DAE and HDIS users will benefit from fast, secure access to better-linked data and powerful tools for deeper analysis.
We expect migration to DAE to be completed by the end of April 2019. From May 2019, access to online HES (Hospital Episode Statistics) data will only be available through DAE.
Data sharing agreements
HES data will be available in DAE in accordance with your data sharing agreement. We are in the process of amending HDIS customers data sharing agreements to grant access to DAE.
NHS Digital will:
- amend your data sharing agreement to grant access to DAE
- contact you directly about your next steps for accessing online HES data using DAE, following the successful migration of your data sharing agreement.
VMware and RSA tokens are not required for accessing DAE. RSA tokens will need to be returned to NHS Digital when requested to do so.
User support and guidance
Staying up to date
To discuss any aspect of DARS or an existing application call the DARS team on 0300 303 5678 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are developing our data processing services to transform how we collect, process and use data to improve health and care.
Who hospital episode statistics (HES) are for, how they are used and how to apply for access. This includes the local authority HES Data Extract Service.
The Data Access Request Service (DARS) can offer clinicians, researchers and commissioners the data required to help improve NHS services. We handle applications, process data and provide access to specific sets of data when requests are approved.
A description of the data products we use to provide data extracts and other services.
Maintenance is planned on Data Access Environment (DAE) at the following dates and times. The system may be unavailable during these times.
Latest news about the Data Access Environment (DAE).
This video explains how to use HES data. It provides users with valuable context, leading to a better understanding of the data and how it's produced.