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The other side of the coin: Harm due to the non-use of health-related data

Jones, KH; Laurie, G; Stevens, L; Dobbs, C; Ford, DV; Lea, N; (2016) The other side of the coin: Harm due to the non-use of health-related data. International Journal of Medical Informatics , 97 (C) pp. 43-51. 10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2016.09.010. Green open access

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Abstract

Introduction: It is widely acknowledged that breaches and misuses of health-related data can have serious implications and consequently they often carry penalties. However, harm due to the omission of health data usage, or data non-use, is a subject that lacks attention. A better understanding of this ‘other side of the coin’ is required before it can be addressed effectively. Approach: This article uses an international case study approach to explore why data non-use is difficult to ascertain, the sources and types of health-related data non-use, its implications for citizens and society and some of the reasons it occurs. It does this by focussing on issues with clinical care records, research data and governance frameworks and associated examples of non-use. Results and discussion: The non-use of health-related data is a complex issue with multiple explanations. Individual instances of data non-use can be associated with harm, but taken together, they can describe a trail of data non-use that may complicate and compound its impacts. There is ample indirect evidence that health data non-use is implicated in the deaths of many thousands of people and potentially £billions in financial burdens to societies. Conclusions: Harm due to the non-use of health data is difficult to attribute unequivocally and actual proven evidence is sparse. Although it can be elusive, it is nevertheless a real problem with widespread and serious, if largely unquantifiable, consequences. The most effective initiatives to address specific contexts of data non-use will be those that: firstly, understand the pertinent sources, types and reasons for data non‐use in a given domain in order to meet the challenges and create appropriate incentives and repercussions; and secondly, are cognisant of the multiple aspects to this complex issue in other domains to keep benefits and limitations in perspective, to move steadily towards socially responsible reuse of data becoming the norm to save lives and resources.

Type: Article
Title: The other side of the coin: Harm due to the non-use of health-related data
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2016.09.010
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2016.09.010
Language: English
Additional information: © 2016 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd. This is an open access article under the CCBY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Health Informatics
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Health Informatics > Clinical Epidemiology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1527103
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