Sharing care data could save lives of vulnerable children, hospital leader says

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 06 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1953
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1BMJ

Data sharing in the NHS in England could save the lives of vulnerable young children and other patients and should not be delayed by concerns over privacy and confidentiality, the head of a leading children’s hospital has claimed.

Sarah-Jane Marsh, chief executive of Birmingham’s Children’s Hospital, said that too much emphasis was placed on the perceived risks of implementing initiatives such as the government’s national scheme, rather than the “potentially enormous” risks to patient safety that could occur from not sharing data.


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