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Hospital In-Patient Enquiry Scheme (HIPE)
HIPE is a computer-based system designed to collect demographic, clinical and administrative data on discharges and deaths from acute hospitals nationally.
It was started on a pilot basis in 1969 and then expanded and developed as a national database of coded discharge summaries from the 1970s onwards. In 1990 the management of the HIPE Scheme was transferred from the Health Research Board to the ESRI. The ESRI in association with the Health Service Executive manage this national database.
HIPE is the only source of morbidity data available nationally for acute hospital services in Ireland. All acute public hospitals participate in HIPE reporting on over 1.3 million records annually.
The timely and accurate collection of national hospital activity data is the objective of the HIPE Unit.