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Data collected by each hospital is entered into the central database from a local client computer, either using a Lotus Notes user interface, or where a cardiac clinical software system is used in the hospital, as a file in a defined format, exported from that system. Updates to the central database take place over NHSnet or the Internet. All hospitals are encouraged to submit data on a regular basis.
How the data are collected
Data are collected by nurses and clinical audit staff and entered in a dedicated data application (either on-line or web based: http://web.nicor.org.uk). Alternatively hospitals can also use commercial software that is able to collect the data. The project uses a highly secure electronic system of data entry, transmission and analysis developed by the NICOR and allows linkage with the Office for National Statistics for mortality tracking. The audit has been running continuously since 2000 and all hospitals in England and Wales that admit patients with cute coronary syndromes contribute data. Around 90,000 records are uploaded annually and in August 2012 the database contained over 1 million records making it the largest database of its kind.
For any technical queries or access to the database contact our technical team.
Use of MINAP data
Continuous online analyses in comparison to aggregate data are available to hospitals. Data are also used for CQC Quality Risk Profiles, Annual Quality Accounts, Department of Health and the commissioners.
MINAP provides data to ambulance services to help monitor patient outcomes and support improvements in training and care delivery. MINAP also provides data to cardiac networks to support service improvement. MINAP was the first national audit to release annual reports showing hospital performance against national standards and targets in the public domain which are available below.
Assessment of data completion and validation is presently based on patients with non ST elevation infarction. The completeness of 20 key fields is continually monitored and is available to hospitals in an online view. Currently these fields are 99% complete.
An annual data validation study is performed in which hospitals are required to re-enter the data from the case records in 20 fields in 20 randomly selected records in an online data validation tool. Agreement between the original and re-entered data is assessed for each variable and each patient record. Reports showing the agreement of each variable compared to national aggregate data are sent to hospitals to allow them to identify areas of weakness. Results from the validation studies are available in our Public Reports - see Public Reports and Publications pages.
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