The HSE NHSCDD contains information about data items aligned to the ISO 11179/3 metadata standard and structured KPI’s. By standardising definitions and promoting consistency of use, the HSE NHSCDD enables conforming and comparable health information to be generated across the country, independent of the systems or organisation from which it originated. Information regarding data elements is compiled published and shared in the HSE NHSCDD. The NHSCDD is simply a container to hold, organise and disseminate the various metadata properties and make them available to everyone developing and using e-health applications.
For any new projects or applications being introduced into the HSE, the HSE NHSCDD can help with the creation of the datasets, alignment of existing datasets and assist vendors through the development of evolving datasets specifications.
The NHSCDD also enables the appendage of approved codesets to data elements and the publication of metadata content.