The Importance of Data Quality for Shared Data and Information Sharing Protocols

Summary

The NHS has aims to increase the transparency of information available about the quality of services provided, with a view to improving safety, patient experience, effectiveness, equity and efficiency. There is a corresponding requirement to achieve more complete data sets, while minimising the burden of data collections on frontline staff.

Effective commissioning and monitoring of services requires:

  1. High quality information about the care being provided to patients.
  2. Better information to empower commissioners, clinicians and patients; enabling them to play a more active role in the design of local health and care services.
  3. Better transparency and participation; which results in safer, more effective, and more compassionate health care for all.

The benefits of increasing data quality include the availability of improved data for regular strategic reviews against key indicators, outcomes and success criteria. Data produced collaboratively by day-to-day activities in the NHS has many potential uses, including meeting the demands for information as required by:

  1. Health and Wellbeing Boards.
  2. Local Healthwatch.
  3. Data-extracts required for the Health and Social Care Information Centre.
  4. Additional ad hoc demands: enabling the supply and re-use of information, on demand, more easily for citizens, service providers, regulators, and researchers.
  5. Performance reporting, service development planning and reporting on action plans arising from service and regulatory inspections.

Collaborative and integrated commissioning requires a trustworthy information-base for shared development of service specifications, and should provide the bed-rock for agreements on standards, outcomes, data sharing and monitoring.

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Information standards: Benefits. London [Online]: NHS England, [Undated: circa 2013/2014].

The big picture:

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Information standards. London [Online]: NHS England, [Undated: circa 2013/2014].

Historical background:

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Information standards: Background. London [Online]: NHS England, [Undated: circa 2013/2014].

Possibly also of interest, NHS England’s central Information Governance hub:

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Information standards: Background. London [Online]: NHS England, [Undated: circa 2013/2014].

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