Data science in healthcare

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Data science in healthcare

Data is changing every area of our lives- for good! Healthcare industry is being quickly developed and is already showing significant advances, opportunities and outcomes that derive meaningful insights.

Data saves lives

There is a vast amount of data available in the healthcare industry, which has the potential to to provide meaningful insights to the industry and bring exciting opportunities and outcomes for patient care.

Patient data is a record of a patient information, such as, family history and symptoms, daily activities and habits, what medicines and treatments the patient has had, and results or medical tests, in order to record a diagnosis of the patient. This information can be used afterwards and shared with other parts of the NHS to make sure that the made medical decisions are the right ones.

Using patient data provides with a huge potential to improve healthcare. The information is specifically used to improve individual care, understand more about disease, improve diagnosis, develop new treatments, plan NHS services, improve patient safety and evaluate government and NHS policy.

Patient data must be kept safe and secure to protect confidentiality. Everyone should be able to find out about how data is used, including having the answer to key questions such as:

What happens to patient data?
How is data kept safe?
Who can access patient data?
Can I be identified from the data?
What are the risks?
What choices do I have?

Understanding Patient Data, working on supporting responsible uses of health information, produced a series of animations on how health and care data is used under the main statement “data saves lives”, following the journeys of patients with cancer, a heart attack, diabetes, dementia and asthma.

The video series will lead you through a journey to discover the huge importance that the use of data has in healthcare and to understand that a better use of data is essential to speed up diagnosis, research new treatments, plan better NHS services and monitor the safety of drugs.