Understanding Patient Data

Four out of five people feel they don't know how health data is used in the NHS. We want to change that. Understanding Patient Data has been set up to support conversations with the public, patients and healthcare professionals about how health and care data is used, providing resources for people to find out more.

Patient data saves lives: animations

We've produced a series of animations to explain how data saves lives. Following the journeys of patients with cancer, a heart attack, diabetes, dementia and asthma, they show the huge range of ways data is used to improve care, and the safeguards that are in place to protect confidentiality. 

Watch how patient data makes a difference