A new review, launched by the UK government, will focus on the more efficient and safe use of health data for research and analysis for the benefit of patients and the healthcare sector.
The review will complement the forthcoming Data Strategy for Health and Social Care which will set the direction for the use of data in a post-pandemic healthcare system.
The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has asked Dr Ben Goldacre to undertake this rapid review and report his findings in April.
Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, said:
The pandemic has demonstrated just how important health data is. Ensuring that researchers have secure, transparent and ethical access to health data has the potential to transform health and care and save lives.
Ben has a wealth of experience in working with health data and I am delighted he has accepted my invitation to undertake this review. I am looking forward to working with Ben and seeing his recommendations over the coming months.
Dr Ben Goldacre, Director of the DataLab, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford, said:
The UK has a phenomenal resource in its raw data, and its people. Our challenge is now in the final lap: we need to find safe, secure, collaborative and efficient ways to turn that raw data into insights and action, to improve patient care for all. There is a wealth of expertise around the country, much of it untapped.
I’m excited to talk to people across health, social care and research about their experiences and concerns to help drive better, broader, safe use of health data.
If you would like to get in touch about the review or share your experience of using health data for research, please contact [email protected].