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Hospital In-Patient Enquiry

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Managing Organisation: 

With effect from January 1, 2014, the Healthcare Pricing Office (HPO) will have responsibility for the Hospital In-Patient Enquiry (HIPE) scheme. While the HPO will initially be established on an administrative basis, it is planned that this Office will ultimately be established on a statutory basis.


Irish public hospitals




HIPE is the principal source of national data on discharges from acute hospitals in Ireland.

Statement of Purpose: 

To maintain a timely accurate national database of hospital discharge activity that meets the needs of the data users (including policymakers, clinical teams and researchers), through the development and support of the data collection and reporting software, training of coders, data quality, audit, reporting, and responding to requests for data.


All acute public hospitals participate in HIPE.

Method of data collection: 

Data is taken from medical charts or records and coded by trained clinical coders before entering into HIPE system (HIPE Portal).

Data content: 

HIPE collects demographic, clinical and administrative data on discharges from, and deaths in, acute public hospitals nationally.

Data dictionary: 

Yes – full data dictionary published on HPO website.

Clinical Coding Scheme: 

Discharges are coded using the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, Tenth Revision, Australian Modification (ICD-10-AM), Australian Classification of Health interventions (ACHI), Australian Coding Standards (ACS), 6th Edition.

Accessing data: 

Data sets for HIPE discharges are provided to a number of state agencies in order to address specific data requirements. Data requests can be submitted using the online data request form, available at The HPO also manages an online data reporting tool. HIPE annual reports, Activity in Acute Public Hospitals in Irelandare available at

Date collection commenced: 

Commenced as a pilot in 1969. Rolled out to all acute public hospitals in early 1970s. Between 1990 and 2013 the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) managed the scheme on behalf of the Department of Health and the Health Service Executive. From January 1, 2014 the scheme is managed by the HPO (

Published information/Update frequency: 

Activity in Acute Public Hospitals in Ireland annual reports are available on the HPO website,

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Other comments: 

Data Quality is a central task critical to the work of HIPE departments in hospitals and also at the HPO. Coder training, data quality initiatives and the HPO designed and developed software (including the Checker, HIPE Portal inbuilt data entry edits and HIPE Coding Audit Toolkit - HCAT) ensure that data are being constantly reviewed.