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Precisely comments on health data strategy

As the Department of Health and Social Care announces its a new data strategy – ‘Data Saves Lives: Reshaping Health and Social Care with Data’, we ask Mads Toubro, senior vice president, EMEA, Precisely (www.precisely.com) for his views on how the Department of Health and Social Care must prioritize data integrity to deliver on the goals set out in its new strategy.

“To achieve true insights from the patient data collected, that data needs to be organized, managed, and harmonized, and relationships and patterns need to be easily discoverable.  At the same time, patient information, including address information, needs to be carefully safeguarded.  The challenge here is that data often lives in silos, is stale, unstandardised, full of duplicates, incomplete or lacks the insights required to make it fit for purpose.”

“For the Department of Health and Social Care to achieve its goal of delivering improved insights to health and care professionals and researchers while protecting patient data, the new strategy will have to be underpinned by an effective data integrity strategy.”

“Encompassing data integration, data governance and quality, location intelligence and data enrichment, an effective data integrity strategy provides a foundation of data that has maximum accuracy, consistency, and context. This enables health and care professionals to make fast, confident decisions based on trusted data – something that can be particularly crucial when providing care to patients and those in need."

“We welcome the plan laid out by the Department of Health and Social Care to improve trust in data through its new data strategy – ultimately, data analysis is only as good as the data provided so effective data management processes will be the key to its success.”

More details about ‘Data Saves Lives: Reshaping Health and Social Care with Data’ can be found at 
www.gov.uk/government/news/new-data-strategy-to-drive-innovation-and-improve-efficiency