American researchers have partnered with England's National Health Service to produce a guide on how to better use government-held healthcare data to help both patients and healthcare researchers.
The goal of the 81-page report, “The Open Data Era in Health and Social Care,” by The Governance Lab at New York University is to serve as a blueprint for the National Health Service to develop a research and learning program for the open- data era. “The blueprint lays out a detailed plan to start a conversation about how to gather the evidence needed to understand and assess the shape and size of the impact of open health data,” report co-author Stefaan Verhulst said in a news release accompanying the free report. “It is important to pay a comparable level of attention to an analysis of open data's potential benefits, as well as potential risks,” he said. Follow Joseph Conn on Twitter: @MHJConn