Unlocking the potential of health data to improve patient outcomes requires the integration of research, health care and education
Data‐driven health care offers great promise in improving quality and efficiency in health care, if its value can be harnessed.1,2 Australia has well established primary care data systems, has broad uptake of electronic medical records in the hospital sector, and has invested in My Health Record — a population‐wide, opt‐out, medical record. Multiple other initiatives in health data have incrementally advanced health care benefit. For example, the NPS MedicineWise Medicine Insight program — a national data initiative in primary care — has used health data to improve outcomes in a diverse range of areas, including cancer care, antibiotics prescribing, and diabetes.3 However, far greater opportunities exist to realise the value of data in improving health care.
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