Sunday, August 03, 2008

Patient Opinion mashing up reviews and NHS choices data

Patient Opinion, a not-for-profit social enterprise web site which encourages patients to share their experience of their treatment in the NHS, has become the first organisation to mash up data feeds provided by the Department of Health’s NHS Choices web site, with that already published about local services on Patient Opinion.

This follows the Cabinet Office’s recent release of many government data sets as part of its implementation of the Power of Information Review, published in May 2007 by the Cabinet Office.

This application demonstrates the advantages that can be gained by the use of technology to merge information from various sources to provide something which is greater than "the sum of the parts", and years of campaigning for information which has been paid for by taxpayers to be made more widely available.

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