Programme launched to drive consistency in healthcare data collection

The new Acute Data Alignment Programme (ADAPt) is expected to generate improvements in data collection.


[London, UK] NHS Digital and the Private Healthcare Information Network (PHIN) are launching a first-of-its-kind initiative to integrate data on privately funded healthcare into NHS systems and standards.

Delivered in collaboration with the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England, NHS Improvement and the Care Quality Commission, the Acute Data Alignment Programme (ADAPt) aims to address concerns about incomplete patient records, if care is privately received, and to improve consistency across the system.

In a first instance, organisations will speed up publication of information mandated by the Competition & Markets Authority. The next phase will see 750,000 privately funded hospital episodes be redirected every year from the PHIN to NHS Digital.

Sarah Wilkinson, NHS Digital Chief Executive, said the new insights would ‘help increase standards of care in both sectors’.

“Integrating data from private suppliers into NHS systems will improve the completeness of records for patients whose care is split across private and NHS providers. This will improve safety, efficacy and convenience for these patients,” Wilkinson added.

A public consultation on the scope of the programme will be released later on this year.

Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, said:

“Earlier this year, I asked NHS Digital and PHIN to work together to ensure that we can see the same standards of transparency in the private sector as in the NHS. 

“The result has been the ADAPt programme, which will drive improvements in data collection and help patients and others understand more about the quality of care. 

“This will be an important, practical step in taking forward the safety agenda in the Independent Sector.”

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