HDAS – NHS Databases – Updates: Important Information, Act Now

NICE Evidence are upgrading HDAS – the NHS Databases interface.

There are a number of important issues that you need to be aware of.

1. You can access the new / beta-test HDAS now. This is expected to go live sometime toward the end of October (no fixed date available). Access new / beta-test HDAS here. Note that you must login with your NHS Athens username.

2. The old / current HDAS is expected to run in parallel for 6-8 weeks following the implementation of the new / beta-test HDAS – possibly up to Christmas (no fixed date available).

3. It is expected that there will be some sort of facility that will allow users to manually transfer saved searches and alerts from the old / current HDAS to the new / beta-test HDAS. This will be available for a short period after the implementation of new / beta-test HDAS.


4. You should not save any new searches or alerts in the old / current HDAS after Monday 10th October 2016. These will NOT be available to transfer.

5. Any saved searches or alerts created before 2008 will NOT be available for transfer at all. You are advised to re-run these searches /alerts and save under a new name, within old / current HDAS BEFORE Monday 10th October 2016. Otherwise you will have to manually re-create them in the new / beta-test HDAS.

More Help
We are expecting NICE to provide training and guidance material in the near future. These should be made available here.

NICE have a recorded Webex session giving a demonstration of the new HDAS site and how to use it – this is on youtube.

For more help from NICE please use their contact page.

You can access HDAS via the Healthcare Resources page on our website.

We will try to keep everyone informed of the latest information as we become aware of it. Please sign-up to our blogs to keep up-to-date with the ongoing changes regarding HDAS.

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