NHS launches consultation on private healthcare data sharing

31 Mar 2023

The National Health Service (NHS) is holding a consultation on how patient data from private healthcare providers is shared with the NHS to uphold patient safety.

The consultation is evaluating a proposed system whereby NHS-funded and private healthcare data is collated in one place for the first time, enabling a more holistic picture of a patient’s procedures and potential health conditions.

Pilot projects by the Acute Data Alignment Programme (ADAPt) have suggested that such a system would provide deeper insight into areas such as NHS admissions following complications experienced after private healthcare procedures.

James Austin, director of data strategy and policy at NHS England, said, “NHS data already plays an important role in how we provide high quality patient care and monitor safety reporting systems across the NHS. This vision of a single repository of healthcare information, combining NHS and private healthcare, will help provide better insights and lead to improved care and treatment for all patients across both the NHS and private healthcare sectors.”

Practitioners are encouraged to contribute any relevant data or opinions to the consultation until April 20 by either completing an online questionnaire here, or emailing comments to enquiries@nhsdigital.nhs.uk and stating ADAPt Consultation in the subject line.


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