Understanding Patient Data have published new research on what the public thinks about businesses and organisations using data held by the NHS.
The research shows that members of the public support the use of NHS held health data by third parties, only when there is benefit to patients across the UK, rather than for short term financial gain for the NHS. Benefits to patients includes things like improving disease detection or developing new medicines and treatments.
Dr. Natalie Banner, who leads Understanding Patient Data said This
research shows that people are excited by the idea that NHS held data could
be used to improve care for patients, and help everyone live longer,
healthier lives. At the same time, this data is about people, so the public
should have a say in how its used. The Government must act now or risk
damaging the trust people have in the NHS.
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