The first hospitals have been announced for the Acute Data Alignment Programme (ADAPt) pilot in a bid to help create a single national data reporting system.

ADAPt was initiated in 2018 and was tasked with developing the first comprehensive national dataset of ‘whole practice’ information available to hospitals, providing both NHS and private care details in England.

Volunteering to take part in the ADAPt pilots are:

  • Epsomedical
  • GenesisCare UK
  • HCA Healthcare
  • London North West University NHS Foundation Trust (private patient unit)
  • Schoen Clinic
  • Spire Healthcare

The pilots are being jointly led by NHS Digital and the Private Healthcare Information Network (PHIN).

Matt James, chief executive of PHIN, said: “This is a vital step in moving towards a more joined-up approach to managing healthcare data, and will lead to significant improvements in the use of information to promote patient safety.”

It will be the first time that private healthcare data has been integrated into NHS systems. The need for such a system was highlighted in the Paterson Inquiry report, an independent investigation into rogue breast surgeon Ian Paterson.

The pilots will test the technical changes and governance requirements that are needed to transfer the collection of privately admitted patient data from PHIN into NHS Digital. Following successful pilots it’s hoped that ADAPt will be fully operational by 2022.