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Published 7 September 2020
The NHS holds patient records relating to over 55 million people, which if curated across primary, secondary and social care, could provide one of the most comprehensive patient data sets globally.
A recent review by one of the big four accounting firms estimated that the value to the NHS of such a data set could be as much as £5 billion per year, with the lion’s share of that value deriving from operational savings and improved patient outcomes.
Those significant opportunities do, however, come with a number of potential challenges, not least in ensuring compliance with data protection and information law more generally, as well as maximising public trust and confidence in the use of their data.
Our experts Hamza Drabu, Andrew Johnston and Darryn Hale have examined these issues, and considered the opportunities, in the context of the relevant legal framework.
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