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The power of information: Putting all of us in control of the health and care information we need – May 2012

Equality Analysis

The power of information: Putting all of us in control of the health and care information we need covers public health, the NHS and social care across England and is underpinned by provisions in the Health and Social Care Act 2012. It aims to harness information – and new technologies – to achieve higher quality care and improve outcomes. Information can drive safer, more integrated care and more effective prevention of ill health. The strategy sets a ten-year framework for transforming information for health and care – information for patients, service users, carers, clinicians and other care professionals, managers, commissioners, councillors, researchers, and many others. The focus is on information in its broadest sense – including the support people need to navigate and understand the information available. This is about ensuring that information benefits all of us and serves to reduce inequalities – not increase them. There are a number of existing pieces of legislation or guidance where information sharing is already a core responsibility or requirement (see the annex to this analysis, page 29). In the strategy, we are looking to change the concept and culture of information sharing, the way information is collected and the way in which people can access and use it.