The ‘Transforming Information Programme’ is all about finding more effective ways of sharing information about health and care in Scotland. This programme of work is being developed and managed by Public Health and Intelligence (PHI). PHI is a strategic business unit of NHS National Services Scotland that brings together Health Protection Scotland (HPS) and the Information Services Division (ISD).

Our objectives are to:

  • improve the quality, intelligence, value, accessibility and impact of information;
  • improve the efficiency of our processes and release time for more innovative work;
  • extend our work with stakeholders to support evidence into action.

We know you have a variety of different access needs. Some of you will want ‘raw’ real time data, large data extracts or open data. Others might need longitudinal and epidemiological level data, or you might want reports with the data analysed and tabulated. We also know you have different preferences for output e.g. key summaries, detailed analysis, geography or patient cohorts. Through our programme, we want to ensure that people can access what they want, when they want it, at the right level for their needs.

We’re planning to take a systematic look at what we do with the data we hold, consider how we can improve the way we analyse and present information and how we work with partners. We have a Programme Board leading this work, with a number of workstreams and pilot projects developing our ideas.

We are keen to involve the views of our partners. We’d love to hear your comments or suggestions about specific items or about our general direction of travel. We will be consulting on changes as we progress and launching a formal consultation after we have tried and tested some new ways of working.

This is an exciting time, full of opportunities to transform information. We hope you will give the programme your support.

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