The Private Healthcare Information Network (PHIN) has made access to its secure online portal available to consultants working in private healthcare, giving them the opportunity to review their entire clinical practice data for the first time, covering both their private and NHS practice.
As the approved information organisation for private healthcare, PHIN aims to publish information for patients in relation to specialist consultants in private practice from Mid-2018, just as they are currently able to search for information by hospital. The first information available will include numbers of patients treated for common conditions, and average lengths of stay, alongside profile information including GMC practice status.
Hospitals are legally obliged to supply detailed data, enabling PHIN to produce information for patients. PHIN has previously highlighted ongoing concerns with data quality, and a number of hospitals that have failed to provide any data are subject to enforcement action by the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA).