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Health department gives £12m backing to Dr Foster company

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7535.197-a (Published 26 January 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:197
  1. Michael Day
  1. London

    The Department of Health in England is paying the healthcare research company Dr Foster £12m ($21m; €17m) to set up a public-private venture aimed at making better use of medical records.

    The NHS and Dr Foster will each have a 50% stake in the new company, called Dr Foster Intelligence.

    Patricia Hewitt, the secretary of state for health, hailed the deal as a “welcome example of the public and private sectors combining to work in partnership” to boost the care of patients.

    Observers said the move showed that ministers were keen to use the NHS's own data on hospital outcomes to obtain much needed boosts in productivity.

    Alan Maynard, professor of health economics at York University, said there were “masses of data …

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