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GPs to have individual outcomes data published, claims NHS statistics chief

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In practice, this would be very difficult to achieve without a major overhaul of NHS IT systems and a substantial improvement in the quality of the data they hold. Current NHS IT systems can generate data at general practice level but not very much data at individual GP level. They also largely generate administrative data such as that produced from Hospital Episode Statistics. There are also numerous errors in the data, e.g., incorrect practice and GP codes for patients. Furthermore, the Health and Social Care Information Centre has struggled to put GPES into practice, the system that was supposed to generate more meaningful clinical data from GP systems. Past experience suggests the NHS would be better off trying to make more effective use of the data we currently collect and using IT to improve the quality and safety of health care, as well as using IT to reduce the administrative burden on general practices. Prof. Azeem Majeed, Imperial College London Twitter @Azeem_Majeed

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06 Nov 2013

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8:53am

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