North London Partners in health and care

Why joining up information is important

This animation was developed in partnership with charities, patients and clinicians by 'Understanding Patient Data' to explain how a joined up record can support fast effective care.

In the age of digital communication, joining up health and care information is more important than ever before. When the NHS was founded in 1948 things were quite different. Our medical records lived in dusty drawers, alone and unloved, with their life-saving potential often untapped. Today it’s a different story. 

Joining up data is essential to speed up diagnosis, provide the full picture of your care and ensure that you are getting the best services from local health and care organisations.  

Animation provided with thanks to Understanding Patient Data under a cc-by licence, for re-use.