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NHS Digital and PHIN launch consultation on next phase of Acute Data Alignment Programme

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NHS Digital and the Private Healthcare Information Network (PHIN) have launched a consultation as part of the next phase of a programme to align private healthcare data with NHS recorded activity.  As previously reported, the release of the Paterson Inquiry Report in the UK in early February raises calls for the greater alignment of reporting in both private and NHS healthcare (AHT, 2/4/2020).

The consultation sets out a series of changes to how data is recorded and managed across private and NHS care, along with a series of pilot projects, based upon feedback from a variety of stakeholders. It aims to seek the views of private and NHS providers, clinicians, the public and other organisations with an interest in private healthcare and will be used to help shape the future changes.

NHS Digital will also pilot collecting data directly from independent providers on privately funded care within its Secondary Uses Service (SUS), consolidating the data reporting processes and reducing the administrative burden on hospitals. 

This data will be shared with PHIN so they can assess whether it would be suitable to use for the publication of hospital and consultant performance information as mandated by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). 

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