Innovative Healthcare Delivery Programme

Data Virtualisation

Data Virtualisation is a novel approach to integrate data sets without moving or duplicating the data.

Data Virtualisation - various data flowing into a "virtual window" and then converted into analytics in various chart options.

Data Virtualisation (DV) technology effectively presents the data through a ‘virtual window’ so users can ‘peer in’ to data held in different systems.


IHDP established the National Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy (SACT) Data group, which demonstrated the feasibility of using Data Virtualisation to pull together chemotherapy data from the prescribing systems used across the five Scottish Cancer Centres, providing national comparative reporting of chemotherapy treatment for the first time. This will allow the identification of any inappropriate variations in treatment and prompt corrective action.


With support from IHDP, National Services Scotland (NSS) is now using Data Virtualisation to link other health and social care datasets. This includes the launch of the Congenital Anomalies and Rare Diseases Registration and Information Service for Scotland (CARDRISS)