The HELICS Database Management System (HDBMS) software supports the HELICS Data Management Process;
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- Read the explanation of the in the process.
The HDBMS consists of four elements;
"The HELICSwin software"
The Hospital and Unit Levels
Data is collected according to the HELICS protocols at the level of the unit (the ward in the case of Surgical Site Infection surveillance and the unit in the case of Intensive Care Unit surveillance). HELICSwin has been developed
for use at the hospital level which will enable data collected in the units to be processed into an aggregated hospital dataset. The system will allow the input of data from the units. This aggregated data
can then be analysed, for feedback locally to the units, and exported to the national or regional HELICS-associated network for incorporation into the national/regional HELICS data set. The software is being offered optionally. Most countries or regions
already carrying out surveillance will have existing systems and it is expected that this software is most likely to be of interest to hospitals in those places where surveillance systems are about to be set up.
To find out how to download the database, click on this link; .
"The HELICS STATA tools"
The HELICS STATA tools are being offered optionally to HELICS-associated networks having a STATA licence. The tools will enable the incorporation of HELICS data sets collected from individual hospitals
using the HELICSwin software into a single national/regional data set. Thereafter, the tools offer a suite of reports for national reporting of data.
"The HELICSval Validation Unit"
The Country/Regional Levels
The HELICSval Validation Unit will be installed in each of the HELICS-associated networks. This system will enable the data
collected to be validated against the HELICS data specification and converted into the HELICS XML format, in readiness for transmission to the HELICS Coordination Centre. Although the project will develop the software and make it freely available to the networks, it should be noted that
tailoring of the system to suit local data specifications will be carried out by the networks themselves, although some support for this activity will be provided.
The European Level
Data sent by the surveillance networks will be received, decrypted and decompressed at the HELICS Coordination Centre in Lyon.
After receipt, data will be validated against the HELICS data specification and the results of the validation will be fed back to the network concerned.
After validation, surveillance network data will be added to the HELICS European database.
The aggregated European database will then be sent to the Collaborating Centre in Brussels for analysis.
Analysis and Feedback of Data
Country/regional level and European level reports which will be produced using data from bi-annual retrospective data collection rounds (January - June and July - December). The results of
each analysis will be fedback by country and a European level report will be also be published with the aggregate results. For planning purposes, up to six months has been allowed for the finalisation of national/regional
data collection and up to six months has been allowed for completion of analysis for each prospective data collection round, meaning that the results for any analysis will be made available for dissemination one year later.
To download the software, click on this link; .
To download the software for the Workshop, click on this link; .
Click here to install the Microsoft .NET Framework.
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"The HELICS Data Exchange Specification"
The HELICS Data Exchange Specification describes the steps necessary for transmission of data.
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- To download the GNUPP software, click on this .
- To download the patch for the GNUPP software for the Workshop, click on this link; .
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