Future Healthcare

Sector too slow in exploiting its data

By Robin Stride

A leading expert on the private healthcare market has challenged the private healthcare sector to break out of its ‘island mentality’ for the benefit of patients.

Healthcode managing director Peter Connor said the NHS had recognised that data was one of its most precious resources and was basing its digital strategy on building common information standards. But the independent sector lagged behind.

Peter Connor

He told the LaingBuisson Private Healthcare Summit: ‘I am concerned that standards and sharing are two words that are rather alien within our sector. 

‘I often encounter resistance to sharing on data protection grounds and I also believe we are often hampered by the “island mentality” from organisations that says “we’ve built our own system and if you want to do business you have to do so on our terms”.

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