DHSC policy proposals to reshape use of health data

Last week the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) published a draft policy paper on the better use of health data: Data saves lives: reshaping health and social care with data.

The proposals within the policy paper include that:

  • Health and care staff should have quicker access to Shared Care Records (ShCR/LHCRs). Staff in all 42 Integrated Care Systems (ICS) to have access to a ShCR to support the provision of care to patients;
  • Data security guidance from central NHS bodies will be simpler;
  • The duty for health and care staff to share health care data where needed will be reinforced;
  • Data collection requests to health and care staff should be reduced to ease burden on staff and reduce the need for ‘re-keying’;
  • Patients will more easily access their NHS data and an NHS Account digitally;
  • The NHS login  programme for patients will be expanded;
  • Analysis of health and care data will better support public health policy, including to reduce health inequalities; and
  • IT suppliers will use additional IT standards to lead to a better experience for health and care staff and patients. It will be clearer to health and care staff whether suppliers are aligning to the relevant NHS IT standards.

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PSNC has summarised the document: PSNC Briefing: Reshaping how health and care data is used (IT one-page factsheet).

Read more on the wider policy and at: psnc.org.uk/itpolicy.