TECHNOLOGY: A social enterprise which provides community services across south London has published anonymised clinical data onto a website created by the Greater London Authority to aid public scrutiny of the way services are run.

Bromley Healthcare is the first provider of NHS services to upload data on appointments and patient outcomes to the London Datastore, which enables people to freely access various datasets about the city.

The data published last week shows anonymised appointment information from April 2014 to March 2015 for the organisation’s major services.

It includes patients’ ages, gender, and the outcome of the treatment they received; the number of appointments within the time period, reasons for discharge, the number of patients seen by each healthcare professional, and the location of those appointments.

Bromley Healthcare chief executive Jonathan Lewis said: “We are releasing this first tranche of data for two reasons. Firstly, in February 2013 the Francis Report called for more transparency in the NHS.

“The NHS exists for patients and is paid for by taxpayers – both have a right to understand exactly what they are getting for their money.

“Publishing our clinical data makes us truly answerable to those with the biggest stake in our organisation.

“Second, we have put in place a clinical system that collects huge amounts of very detailed data about our clinical activity and our outcomes. We are looking for a long-term big data partner to help us understand this data so that we can improve how we operate, and develop a set of tools that can transform community healthcare.”