Open data could save the NHS hundreds of millions, says top UK scientist

Nigel Shadbolt says swathes of data integral to our national health infrastructure are missing or underused

The UK government must open up and highlight the power of more basic data sets to improve patient care in the NHS and save hundreds of millions of pounds a year, Nigel Shadbolt, chairman of the Open Data Institute (ODI) has urged.

The UK government topped the first league table for open data (paywall) produced by the ODI and the World Wide Web Foundation last year but Shadbolt has warned that ministers’ open data responsibilities have not yet been satisfied.

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