U.S. re­searchers, Eng­land part­ner on health data guide

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Joseph Conn

Amer­i­can re­searchers have part­nered with Eng­land’s Na­tional Health Ser­vice to pro­duce a guide on how to bet­ter use govern­ment-held health­care data to help both pa­tients and health­care re­searchers. The goal of the 81-page re­port, “The Open Data Era in Health and So­cial Care,” by The Gov­er­nance Lab at New York Univer­sity is to serve as a blue­print for the Na­tional Health Ser­vice to de­velop a re­search and learn­ing pro­gram for the open­data era. “The blue­print lays out a de­tailed plan to start a con­ver­sa­tion about how to gather the ev­i­dence needed to un­der­stand and as­sess the shape and size of the im­pact of open health data,” re­port co-au­thor Ste­faan Ver­hulst said in a news re­lease ac­com­pa­ny­ing the free re­port. “It is im­por­tant to pay a com­pa­ra­ble level of at­ten­tion to an anal­y­sis of open data’s po­ten­tial ben­e­fits, as well as po­ten­tial risks,” he said.

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