Structured patient data is information that is recorded and stored within medical record systems by organising it into different kinds of data, for example appointments or dates. This often restricts the data to a particular format or value from a list. Examples include:
- appointment date - which must be a date
- the type of healthcare professional that you saw - picked from a list of possible healthcare professionals such as ‘Practice Nurse’ or ‘Counsellor’
Coded patient data is information that is recorded and stored within medical record systems by using codes from a special list, that contains clinical vocabulary used by GPs. Examples include codes for weight, blood pressure, a prescribed medication or a specific diagnosis.