It’s Time To Stop Data Protection Being Cited As An Obstacle To Doing Good

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  • The problem with your article is that you have not taken the trouble to set out how precisely patient information from NHS records can be used for "innovation" nor how it could result.

    Patient information is already available and can be purchased online from Hospital Episode Statistics and it is detailed. This used to cover only inpatients but was extended some years ago to cover outpatients.

    Drugs are not developed by examining historical data on patients from records.

    Marketing plans for drug companies are however, so the end result could be that just like Quik-Fit did for cars in catering to only the most common issues, the drug industry could do with treatments for patients leaving those with the less common ailments fewer treatment options.

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  • @Anonymous - Really? The government proposes NHS partnerships with the pharmaceutical industry and it is ONLY this that makes drug companies realise that they will make more money if they focus on common ailments?

    What have they been doing all this time? Charity work?

    Botox, collagen, viagra....

    @ Original article: I agree with you that too many things are rejected when people opt for "Its data protection" rather than common sense.

    The real issue is why the NHS is not using the data more efficiently to predict demand, isolate emerging health issues and ensure better procurement processes.

    One final thought: Next time someone cites "Data Protection" as a reason for not doing something which otherwise makes sense, ask them which section of the Act they are operating under.

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