Connect: Patients and the Power of Data

Published: March 2011 Publication Type: Publication

Authors: John Loder, Sylvia Wyatt

Information is the lifeblood of high quality healthcare. There have been huge technological advances about how it can be used and by whom, which have been under utilised by the NHS. It is now possible to give people control over their own data. If this were done, it would have the potential to revolutionise healthcare delivery for patients, their families and carers.

This discussion paper sets out seven practical ways and examples, each of which the Young Foundation believes would transform health care delivery. These could improve patient experiences, reduced errors and omissions, improve communication and make healthcare more efficient and effective. The Young Foundation seeks to promote open dialogue and stimulate responses about how these changes could be brought about.

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