At present, the majority of patient data sits in silos within various NHS services. Gaining access to information about patient care provided by a different NHS service can often be a time-consuming and cumbersome process for clinicians.
The potential benefits of sharing patient data amongst healthcare providers are huge. Creating a fully interoperable data system would support and improve the streamlined and effective delivery of health and social care services, enabling providers to allocate resources in a better way and gain an improved understanding of where the gaps in healthcare provision lie.
Linking patient data would also have the potential to provide researchers with a better understanding of the effectiveness of certain treatments.