Clinicians and patients need to be convinced that benefits of big data outweigh risks, MPs are told

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 28 October 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5785
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

A lot of work is needed to convince many doctors and patients of the benefits of collecting and using “big data” to help improve patient care and make the NHS more efficient, MPs have been told.

But witnesses appearing before the House of Commons science and technology committee during an evidence session on 27 October for its inquiry into big data—large, complex datasets—argued that the effort was worth it.

The MPs asked what could be done to tackle the public’s suspicion of how big data should be used, after what happened with the scheme in England. The scheme, in which data from patients’ general practice records are gathered and linked to hospital episode statistics, was suspended last …

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