Joint Programming Initiative

More Years, Better Lives

The Potential and Challenges of Demographic Change

Hospital Discharge Data

Health and Performance
Relevance for this Topic
Country Austria
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Contact information

Erika Baldaszati and Jeannette Klimont
Statistik Austria
Guglgasse 13
1110 Wien
Phone: Erika Baldaszati: 00431711287263 / Jeannette Klimont:00431711288277
Email: erika.baldaszti(at) / jeannette.klimont(at)

Timeliness, transparency

Data is collected annually and the main findings are published 11 months following reception.

Type of data


Type of Study


Data gathering method

Hospital admissions and discharge data collected by hospitals and submitted to the Ministry of Health is passed on to Statistik Austria

Access to data

Conditions of access

Aggregate data on hospital discharges by age, gender, and state are freely accessible via the online database STATcube; More detailed data is available for a fee from Statistik Austria.

Anonymised aggregate data and anonymised microdata

The data is only available in German.


Data collection ongoing since 1989 (data collected in current form for 23 years). Approximately 53 million individual records have been collected since 1989. This has ranged from 1 million persons in 1989, to 2.8 million in 2011


All patients admitted and discharged from care facilities in Austria (only inpatient stays included); Care facilities include regular hospitals, specialized hospitals, facilities for chronic conditions, convalescent homes and maternity facilities.

Patient residence by postal code is the most specific geographical data collected, but for data protection reasons, the most specific geographical unit used in publication is the state (Bundesland) level.

No age range specified

Representative of target group (persons admitted to care facilities in Austria)

Data is collected on all diagnoses and medical interventions conducted during patients' hospital stay, as well as information concerning hospital admissions, diagnoses, and medical interventions, and hospital discharge information. Corresponds to Health and Performance Topic

• "Health Statistics Yearbook, 2011" (Jahrbuch der Gesundheitsstatistik 2011) • "Hospital Discharge Statistics Since 1989" (Spitalentlassungsstatistik ab 1989)



No linkage is possible as data is anonymised from the outset

Data quality

Limited quality control possible

No breaks reported

Terminology used varies across hospitals


Strengths: Data collected from a wide range of inpatient care facilties, including specialty hospitals treating chronic disease and includes basic sociodemographic data. The aggregate data freely available online analyses discharge data by age group. The registry Includes data on diagnoses and interventions done during the hospital stay, which provides a measure of healthcare utilisation. Weaknesses: Quality of hospital discharge data varies across Austria because while hospitals are advised on correct coding and terminology, quality control is limited. Linkage to other databases is not possible as data is anonymised from the outset and does not include a personal identifier. There is no information on the origin of patients (e.g. nursing homes) or re-admissions, as well as no information on the facilities from where users are discharged.

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