Joint Programming Initiative

More Years, Better Lives

The Potential and Challenges of Demographic Change

Documentation and Information System for Health Care System Analysis (DIAG-Extranet)
Dokumentations und Informationssystem für Analysen im Gesundheitswesen (DIAG-Extranet)

Health and Performance
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Country Austria
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Contact information

Ulrike Schermann-Richter and Manfred Pregartbauer
Austrian Ministry of Health (BMG)/database maintained by Statistik Austria
Radetzkystra├če 2
1030 Vienna
Phone: Ulrike Schermann-Richter: 00431711004163/ 00431711004186
Email: ulrike.schermann-richter(at)
Url: Not available

Timeliness, transparency

Data in the registry is updated monthly; however, the main findings and evaluations are not publicly available.

Type of data


Type of Study


Data gathering method


Registries (Consists of data submitted to the Ministry of Health by hospitals receiving social insurance funding)

Access to data

Conditions of access

Data is not accessible to researchers with limited exception for very specific scientific research purposes.

Anonymised patient-level data per hospital stay (sex, age, place of residence, number of days of hospitalisation)

The data is only available in German.


Data on diagnoses in hospitals have been collected for 24 years; data on treatment for 16 years; data on intensive care services for 15 years. The sample consists of all individuals who have sought and received care in a social insurance funded hospital in Austria.


Social-insurance funded hospital statistics

No age range specified; all individuals seeking/receiving care

The registry is not representative: Only includes hospital/in-patient data (There are plans to integrate out-patient care services, but this has not occurred yet).

Data collected on: hospital cost units (number of beds, personnel, medical equipment, budgeting), anonymised patient-level demographic data (sex, age, place of residence), patient-level medical data (major and additional diagnoses, treatments), hospital-level data on diagnoses and treatments, points awarded per hospital based on DRG payment system, DRG codes for each hospital Corresponds to Health and Performance Topic



Date of birth and postal code are included as personal identifiers, therefore the potential is there for linkage with other national databases, but use has been limited to the staff of the Ministry of Health (BMG) Linked to BIG (Business Intelligence in the Health Care System) (See below)

Data quality

Not reported

Not reported

Not reported


Strengths: The registry enables an analysis of epidemiological data, treatment, hospital staff and the costs of hospital activities. Although no personal identifiers are used, theoretically, it would be possible to link multiple hospital stays to individual patients through other identifiers (DOB, postal code). Weaknesses: Data is not available to external researchers unless for very specific purposes. The registry does not include outpatient services and there is no information on referrals (e.g. From GPs or other sources). There is no individual-level data available and the data is collected on the basis of each hospital stay, not by patient (i.e. re-admissions or multiple stays are not tracked). Expertise is also required in order to be able to use the dataset.

  • The information about this dataset was compiled by the author:
  • Maria M. Hofmarcher
  • (see Partners)