NHS England and GovLab have defined a blueprint for the greater use of open data in health and care. NHS England plans to explore the ideas in this report, with the aim of achieving more consensus on the future of open data in health and social care for the empowerment of citizens, care providers, patients and researchers. The idea is to aid decision making, trigger innovation and identify inefficiencies and unwarranted variations. The blueprint offers a potential framework for:
- Holding healthcare organizations and providers accountable for treatment outcomes.
- Enabling patients to make informed choices from among the healthcare options available.
- Improving the efficiency and cost-effectiveness.
- Improving treatment outcomes.
- Educating patients and their families.
- Making healthcare institutions more responsive.
- Encouraging innovation.
Verhulst, S. Noveck, B.S. [and] Caplan, R. [et al] (2014). The open data era in health and social care: a blueprint for the National Health Service (NHS England) to develop a research and learning programme for the open data era in health and social care. London: GovLab / NHS England, June 2014.
There is an Executive Summary.
There is also a related Blog Website.