How our data is used
Good data is the foundation of a successful health and care system. Our data is used across health and care to improve care for everyone.
Deciding on the best care
When medical staff have good data on the care patients receive and how well it works, they can recommend the best care for every individual patient.
Researching and improving treatments
When researchers have access to high quality data on treatments and their success rates, they can use it to research new cures and improve medicines.
Addressing health inequalities
When local authorities and government have good data that covers the whole population, they can identify areas that have worse health outcomes and target health and care resources towards the patients that need them most.
Managing contagious diseases
When there is an outbreak of an infectious disease, such as flu, emergency planning committees and the NHS use our data to track its spread and take measures to protect the public, to prevent epidemics.
Improving efficiency and saving money
Data on health and care across the system can show us where money can be saved by using resources better and becoming more efficient. This means more of the NHS budget can be spent where it's needed most.
Planning services, for now and for the future
When we know how many people have a condition, and what their care needs are over time, data can be used to plan which services they will need in the future, making sure services keep up with what the population will need.