DHSC unveils latest NHS data sharing plans with secure data environments

12/09/2022 | UK Government

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has released details of its new plans to share NHS patient data for research and analysis. The publication of Secure data environment for NHS health and social care data - policy guidelines are the government's latest attempt to build trust following serious privacy concerns concerning earlier proposals. It follows the abandoned General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR) data collection scheme, which was put on hold in August last year after millions opted out. The latest plans follow lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The government outlined its commitment to secure data environments in its recent Data Saves Lives strategy, which followed on from the Goldacre Review

Secure data environments allow the NHS to control: 

  • Who can become a user to access the data
  • The data that users can access
  • What users can do with the data in the environment
  • The information users can remove
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