SPIRE information system to improve public health

A new information system has been launched that will let GPs, the NHS in Scotland and researchers have a better understanding of the health and social care needs of the population.

The Scottish Primary Care Information Resource (SPIRE) provides a safe, secure and adaptable system to help analyse the nation’s health and more effectively target resources and treatments.

This will allow GP practices to better plan their services and health professionals to make the right decisions and raise the standard of public health.

SPIRE has been developed with the Royal College of GPs and the Scottish GP committee of the British Medical Association, with a clear focus on robust governance and security to ensure that patient information is safeguarded. GP practices will have control over all data sent outside the practice.

Patient representatives have played an active role in both the SPIRE project board and an Independent Advisory Group to ensure that patient views and concerns were taken into account at every stage of development.

For more information, visit the SPIRE website (external link) Download the press release (PDF 27.3KB)

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