A database to help Britain’s GPs manage chronic diseases has gone live, the Department of Health has announced.
The database has been compiled from data input by GPs as part of a new payment system, which is designed to reward family doctors for how well they treat patients.
Under the new system, GP practices systematically record patient information, making it easier to track patients with chronic conditions. This allows doctors to recall patients for follow-up appointments and checks when necessary.
The DoH said that over time the database would also help the NHS tackle inequalities in public health, by helping to target resources more effectively where there is a greater prevalence or risk of particular conditions.
Health minister Lord Warner said: “This new system gives the NHS, for the first time ever, world-leading intelligence on chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease. This means that in future the NHS will be able to map populations with these debilitating conditions with pinpoint accuracy.
“As the database builds up it will allow us to focus resources and plan services appropriately to help us tackle health inequalities. That means good news for NHS patients and good value for money for taxpayers.”