What about mandatory sharing of data for the public good? A far cry from Caldicott, talking of which now we are in a post purdah period, presumably we will see the publication of the long promised next stage Caldicott Review. My guess is that it will also see NHS Digital opening its doors a little more to the free flowing of data.
Does this all matter ? Well yes, it does. Because without the free flowing of data at both an individual and whole population level and the ability to interconnect all this data, STPs, Trusts and all organisations involved will fail to ensure the free flow of patients across the acute, primary care and social care sectors.
When I was joint CE of the PCT and Director of social services at Barking and Dagenham, I knew we needed better data – and better analysis of data. But no organisations offered the drill down analysis now available.
Style fetishists note I’m sticking to my metaphor. We will drill down for oil and drill down for data.
Looking recently at a presentation of a PAC Vanguard (Primary, Acute and Community ) I was very struck at how strong the progress is but still, still the holy grail of looking at joined up impact is not there.