Every time an individual has an interaction with an NHS organisation, information is collected about them. Clinicians and NHS administrators collect this information about an individual’s care for example, so that there is a record of treatments or drugs given or so that hospital consultants can share their test results with GPs.
Your information helps us to improve care for you, your family and for other patients. It can be used by the NHS and social care to plan which services to run and where, so that the right health and care support is available in the right place and to improve diagnosis and treatment.
Population Health is about improving the health and wellbeing outcomes of an entire population or local community. By analysing anonymous health and care information and looking at trends, we can turn insights into actions to improve the health and wellbeing of people, and help reduce inequalities across a specific area.
For example It can include actions to reduce illness and disease, as well as improving other factors that influence health and wellbeing like exercise, diet, housing and social interaction, and requires working with local communities, the voluntary sector and other partner organisations.
For further information see the King's Fund report: A Vision for Population Health.