Lambeth DataNet uses GP patient records to obtain anonymous information to help plan and improve healthcare services.
What sort of data is collected?
The information collected includes data such as the area patients live, age, gender, ethnicity, language preference, country of birth and religion. DataNet also collects information such as whether patients have long-term conditions like diabetes, blood pressure and cholesterol levels and medication. However, this information is anonymous and does not include anything written as notes by the GP and cannot be linked to you.
Where is the information shared?
The information is shared by GPs with health organisations, NHS Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group and university researchers to identify patterns of illnesses and local health needs to help plan the best ways of improving services to make sure everyone can access good health care. There are strict rules and procedures to decide who can access DataNet information which is never shared with third parties for commercial purposes.
How is the information stored?
The information collected by DataNet is private and secure and stored as anonymous data. DataNet is managed by NHS Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group who work with partners from Lambeth and Southwark Public Health teams, King's College London and Lambeth GPs.