Merits of sharing both NHS and private data

Opinion.

Mirroring data across NHS and private practice by the Private Healthcare Inform­ation Network is hugely significant for consultants. Mr Ken Anson argues this is the future, so specialists must engage with it

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Mr Ken Anson, Reader in urology at St George’s Hospital, London, and member of London Urology Associates

When I first saw my NHS data alongside my private practice data, I almost fell off my chair – I was stunned.

It has become apparent, very quickly, that transparency is happening in private healthcare, and the Private Healthcare Inform­ation Network (PHIN) is driving this forward following the Comp­etition and Markets Auth­ority (CMA) ruling.

Also, it came as huge surprise to me that PHIN is able to align its private outcome data with large volumes of NHS data as well.

As a result, data quality standards within both healthcare systems are being aligned at the consultant level, allowing individual practitioners visibility of their whole practice on one digital platform for the first time.

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