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. 

About the series

Better use of data is essential to speed up diagnosis, research new treatments, plan better NHS services and monitor the safety of drugs. And yet, more than two thirds of the population feel they don’t know how patient data is used in the NHS. 

This animations series has been developed in partnership with charities, patients and clinicians. Our news article and blog explain more and the animations have been produced with a cc-by licence and are available for reuse by anyone.

Find out why and how patient data is used. 

The bigger picture





Heart attack

Record sharing