Empower is now taking on a new important challenge in the health debate – using the data at the  disposal of the NHS to produce more effective medicines and better outcomes for patients at all levels of the NHS from Primary to Acute care.

By facilitating expert debate and discussion, online collaboration and sharing of best practice, the campaign aims to raise the issue of data in health higher up both the political and media agenda – and fundamentally put patients front and centre.

Our Mission

Who we are

Empower: Access to Medicine has led the patient charge to see vital reform to clinical trials, medical innovation and the rights of patients to access the drugs and treatments they need. Empower is now taking on a new important challenge in the health debate – using the data at the disposal of the NHS to produce more effective medicines and better outcomes for patients at all levels of the NHS from Primary to Acute care.

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National Data Guardian report finally out!

Dame Fiona Caldicott has at last released her report into how the NHS uses and safeguards patient data. Empower: Data4Health has welcomed the report and looks forward to digesting its recommendations in full.

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The Four Campaign Pillars

  • The right regulations
  • A modern health service
  • Joining the dots
  • Empowering patients

The right regulations

Appropriate and effective use of patient data is vital to our modern health service. But our system is still stuck in the 20th Century. Empower wants to see a system which has the patients and our NHS’ best interests at heart.

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A modern health service

To have a truly 21st Century system, our health service needs to modernise, digitise and reform to collect, collate and utilise our health data in the right way and for the right reasons.

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Joining the dots

It is absolutely right, indeed vital, that patient safety and individual privacy is at the heart of discussions around how our data is used, as it is after all our data. Yet we must also remain focussed on the big picture. That big picture is joining the dots of our health data so that we can create new medicines faster, sharpen existing interventions and ultimately save lives.

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Empowering patients

First and foremost, we put patients front and centre of this process. We need to retain the crucial focus on empowering patients with the toolkits to use health data to hold policy makers, academics and the pharmaceutical industry to account. When patients are leading the country’s health priorities we will truly see sustainable transformative medicine.

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