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The care.data programme - collecting information for the health of the nation

The care.data programme will bring together securely, health and social care information from different settings in order to see what’s working really well in the NHS and what could be done better. Using data in this way is known as data sharing for purposes beyond direct care, and the information will only be shared if it will benefit patient care.

Collecting and connecting information nationally will help the NHS to:

  • better understand diseases, and develop drugs and treatments that can change lives
  • understand patterns and trends in public health and disease to ensure better quality care is available to everyone
  • plan services that make the best of limited NHS budgets for the health and wellbeing of everyone
  • monitor the safety of drugs and treatments
  • compare the quality of care provided in different areas of the country

GP practices in four parts of the country are helping to develop the care.data programme: Blackburn with Darwen, Somerset, West Hampshire and Leeds.

More detailed information will be published on this site in due course.

Page last reviewed: 20/08/2015

Next review due: 20/08/2017

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