Electronic Data Research and Innovation Service (eDRIS)
A one-stop shop for health informatics research
ISD's electronic Data Research and Innovation Service (eDRIS) provides a single point of contact to assist researchers in study design, approvals and data access in a secure environment. eDRIS aims to make conducting research easier, more efficient and more convenient.
A brochure [380kb] outlining the eDRIS service was published in February 2013.
Any data can be requested for ethically approved research, planning and evaluation projects that will benefit the public in Scotland. Whether you already have extensive knowledge health datasets and approval processes or if you are working with these for the first time, we will support you. Our services can be tailored to meet your specific requirements..
- A named Person from start to finish
- Help with study design
- Provide expert advice on coding, terminology, meta data and study feasibility
- Agree deliverables and timelines
- Provide analyses, interpretation and intelligence about data (where required)
- Liaison with technical infrastructure (safe havens)
- Facilitate completion of required permissions
- Liaison with data suppliers to secure data
eDRIS encompasses ISD's Record Linkage services and is our contribution to the ScottisH Informatics Programme (SHIP).
ISD will provide you with an eDRIS Research Coordinator who will be a single point of contact to support you through your study. Their role includes.
- Helping you to understand the new eDRIS process.
- Offering guidance throughout your study.
- Providing advice on ISD held data and its content.
- Advising on the suitability of data for your study.
- Assisting in the completion of the required approvals.
- Advising on training requirements to become an Approved Researcher.
- Helping you to access the NSS National Safe Haven.
- Reviewing and advising on the disclosure control of final outputs.
- Establishing where there are charges for using eDRIS.
We have also developed Q&A to help explain eDRIS processes.
Examples of collaborative work
- Linking data from NHS24 and Scottish Ambulance Service with emergency admissions and deaths data to understand unscheduled care patient pathways.
- Working with NHS Lothian to provide linked health data to support EuroHOPE - European Healthcare Outcomes, Performance and Efficiency Project
- Epidemiology, disease burden and outcomes of diverticular disease in Scotland
- Infant feeding in Scotland: Exploring the factors that influence infant feeding choices (within Glasgow) and the potential health and economic benefits of breastfeeding on child health
For more information you can email eDRIS at NSS.eDRIS@nhs.net or telephone 0131 275 7333.