Dear NHS Digital,
On 4th April 2017, I received a reply to my request for a review (NIC-96250-Y9Y0Z) of my previous FOI requests (NIC-92432-K9Y6P)on the plans for the future of MIQUEST when GP systems change from Read Code or CTV3 to SNOMED in the near future.
I was informed that the Executive Management Board received a presentation, and the results of their decision would be conveyed to users of MIQUEST on 5th April or soon afterwards.
There is no announcement on the NHS Digital website, and I am therefore requesting the following information:-
1. What decision has been taken on the future of support for MIQUEST?
2. The reasons for that decision including all discussions in any medium (written, email, verbal, other) since March 2016.
3. information on plans to replace the functionality of MIQUEST for use in local audit and planning and for the numerous research projects currently using MIQUEST.
4. the assessment of the impact of withdrawal of MIQUEST and, if there is no plan to replace the functionality, on management of the NHS and on research
I confirm that I am willing to receive your response by email

Yours faithfully,
Mary Hawking MB BS

HSCIC Enquiries, NHS Digital

 

Ref: NIC-131652-T2P8Z 

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Ref: NIC-131652-T2P8Z 

Dear Mary Hawking,

Many thanks for your recent request to NHS Digital.

We have now received a reply to this from our colleagues in the
Information Governance team.

Please see the attached files.

Kind Regards,

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Mary Hawking left an annotation ()

The replacement of the MIQUEST function (extraction of data across all GP systems) by requests to the "Standard General Practice Dataset" in the NHS Digital Services Platform (DSP), even with support, will leave a gap between the inevitable deterioration of MIQUEST extractions due to the migration of GP records from Read Code and CTV3 (which MIQUEST uses) to SNOMED-CT in April 2018 and the implementation of DSP - which won't be ready by then.
There is also the problem that if MIQUEST is currently being used for purposes such as Risk Stratification and NHS Healthcheck Recall (see the papers), fully identifiable data will be needed from the Standard GP dataset...

I still do not understand (or maybe I do) why this decision has not been announced on the NHS Digital website.

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