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NHS begins testing phase of private care data programme

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The programme is being led by NHS Digital and the Private Healthcare Information Network (PHIN).

The testing phase of a programme that will see data on privately funded care from independent hospitals collected by the NHS for the first time has begun.

If successful, the pilot will pave the way for a comprehensive national dataset of public and private hospital data in England, facilitating the production of whole-practice information for doctors and hospitals providing both NHS and private care.

The pilots are part of the Acute Data Alignment Programme (ADAPt), initiated by the secretary of state for health in 2018, and led jointly by NHS Digital and the Private Healthcare Information Network (PHIN).

The ADAPt pilots will test the technical changes needed to transfer the collection of private admitted patient data from PHIN to NHS Digital. This data will be fed onto PHIN to facilitate the publication of whole-practice performance measures for hospitals and consultants offering private healthcare services.

It is hoped that the national dataset will be made available through NHS Digital to regulators and public bodies to assist monitoring of safety and help drive service improvement.

Jem Rashbass, executive director of data services at NHS Digital, said: “We are pleased that the Adapt programme has reached this important milestone with the launch of these pilots.

“The consultation has shown that there is a desire for a joined-up approach to data in public and private healthcare and these pilots will be the next step on achieving that.

“With the pandemic it has never been clearer how important it is to make data available across the whole healthcare sector to ensure the highest standards of care for patients and transparency across the system.”

Matt James, CEO of PHIN, said: “We are committed to a vision of a single system of data collection for all regulated care regardless of how it is funded or where it is provided.

“This will enable better governance and regulation to ensure safer care, and better information becoming available to patients to enable informed decisions.”

The ADAPt programme is seeking volunteer independent hospitals and NHS sites that offer private healthcare services to take part in the pilots.

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