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    Dept. of State Health Services
    Center for Health Statistics, MC 1898
    PO Box 149347
    Austin, Texas 78714-9347

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    Austin, TX 78756

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Texas Emergency Department Data

Texas Health Care Information Collection
Center for Health Statistics

Texas Health Care Information Collection
Center for Health Statistics

The 2014–15 General Appropriations Act, S.B. 1, 83rd Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2013 (Article II, Department of State Health Services [DSHS], Rider 93) specified that DSHS shall collect hospital emergency department (ED) data as set forth in Chapter 108, Texas Health and Safety Code (THSC). DSHS currently collects inpatient and outpatient data from hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers. DSHS began collecting ED data from hospitals on January 1, 2015 per 25 Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Sections 421.71-421.78, and in conjunction with the collection of inpatient and outpatient data.

In accordance with Health and Safety Code, Section 108.012(b), "the department may charge a person requesting public use or provider quality data a fee for the data.  The fees may reflect the quantity of information provided and the expense incurred by the department in collecting and providing the data. The executive commissioner by rule and shall be set the fees at a level that will raise revenue sufficient for the operation of the department.  The department may not charge a fee for providing public use data to another Texas state agency.  Chapter 108 may be viewed by clicking here.

The Hospital Emergency Department Public Use Data Files include data from Inpatient “Public Use Data Files” (PUDF) and the Outpatient PUDF. The Inpatient PUDF contains patient-level information for patients which were admitted into the hospital for care. The inpatient hospital stay may last several hours to days, weeks or years, depending upon the condition or status of the patient before being discharged, transferred or expired; the Outpatient PUDF contains patient-level information for outpatient services that do not go more than twenty-four (24) hours from the time they are being treated in the hospital or ambulatory surgery center (ASC).

Purchasing the Hospital ED PUDF requires a completed Order Form, which includes a Data Use Agreement.  

Information on the data fields is included in the user manual available below.

The Hospital ED PUDF is currently available for the first quarter through fourth quarter 2016 and the first quarter 2017.

The 2016 Hospital ED PUDF contains:

Number of Hospitals Number of Records
  IP Base IP Charges OP Base OP Charges
First quarter, 486 371,668 7,149,726 2,324,263 17,938,585
Second quarter, 487 364,092 7,024,369 2,315,466 18,261,235
Third quarter, 486 367,523 7,065,645 2,275,340 18,289,934
Fourth quarter, 486 368,588 7,117,949 2,260,107 17,847,395


The 2017 Hospital ED PUDF contains:

Number of Hospitals Number of Records
  IP Base IP Charges OP Base OP Charges
First quarter, 491 389,694 7,531,666 2,369,061 18,888,359

Emergency Department (ED) PUDF Order Form (PDF, 594 KB)


If you have suggestions or comments regarding ED PUDF data, please submit them to THCIC.

Last updated March 1, 2018