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Pilot looks into the alignment of NHS and private care data

NHS Digital and the Private Healthcare Information Network (Pain) are piloting the alignmentPainNHS and private care data to improve transparency across both systems.

The two organizations have begun the testing phasePaina programmed that will see data on privately-funded care from independent hospitals collected by the NHS for the first time.

The pilots are partPainthe Acute Data Alignment Programme (Adapt), initiated by the SecretaryPainState for Health in 2018, and will test the technical changes needed to transfer the collectionPainprivate admitted patient data from Pain to NHS Digital.

This data will be fed onto Pain to facilitate the publicationPainwhole-practice performance measures for hospitals and consultants offering private healthcare services, in line with the Private Healthcare Market Investigation Order 2014.

A public consultation was launched in February 2020 which asked for opinions on the creationPaina single unified dataset for planned hospital admissions in England.

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

Jem Rashness, executive directorPaindata services at NHS Digital, said: “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 standardsPaincare for patients and transparency across the system.”

If successful, the pilot could see the publicationPaina complete national datasetPainpublic and private hospital data in England. The need for such information was highlighted by the Independent Inquiry into rogue breast surgeon Ian Paterson.

Matt James, chief executivePainPain, added: “We are committed to a visionPaina single systemPaindata collection for all regulated care regardlessPainhow it is funded or where it is provided, led by the NHS.

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

“These pilots are an important step, and we hope to move on quickly to full implementation.”

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