A LEAFLET called “Better Information Means Better Care”, explaining how the NHS shares patient information will begin being distributed in Dorset next week.
Sharing information helps ensure that the quality and safety of services is consistent across the country and can also highlight different diseases and conditions that may require more NHS investment.
The programme will use information to improve the safety and care of patients and: • find more effective ways of preventing, treating and managing illnesses • make sure that any changes or improvements to services reflect the needs of local patients • understand who is most at risk of particular diseases and conditions, so those who plan care can provide preventative services • improve your understanding of the outcomes of care, giving you greater confidence in health and social care services • guide decisions about how to manage NHS resources so that they can best support the treatment and care of all patients • identify who could be at risk of a condition or would benefit from a particular treatment • make sure that NHS organisations receive the correct payments for the services they provide.
As explained in the leaflet, patients have the right to object to their data being used for purposes other than their direct care. If patients wish to restrict their data being used then they should talk to their GP.
An information line has been set up for patients to call if they have any questions or concerns about how their data are used. The number is 0300 456 3531.