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NCIMI has appointed national charity Future Care Capital (FCC) on a project which could enable the NHS to better harness the value of health data and make use of medical imaging data to deliver patient and societal benefit.

The Big Data Institute at University of Oxford, where NCIMI is based.

NCIMI has appointed national charity Future Care Capital (FCC) on a project which could enable the NHS to better harness the value of health data and make use of medical imaging data to deliver patient and societal benefit.

The announcement comes amid growing awareness of the potential for clinical, social, economic development and commercial value to be derived from data controlled by and/or generated with the NHS.

Within a fast-evolving landscape for healthcare professionals, universities, companies and policymakers, the Government has published the second iteration of its Code of Conduct for Data-driven Health and Care Technology.

This includes an addendum which provides guiding commercial principles designed to 'Create the right framework to realise the benefits of health data'.

The Code of Conduct has also recognised the need to establish a National Centre of Expertise within NHSX to provide NHS organisations with the legal and commercial support they need to forge data agreements which maximise the value of such data and, in time, the Centre is expected to develop and improve articulation of a national policy framework in this important regard.

Advice and guidance to NHS trusts and entities who wish to enter into agreements with third parties is limited. NCIMI has, therefore, appointed Future Care Capital to explore how it might approach the development of an appropriate 'data value capture framework'.

Dr Claire Bloomfield of NCIMI said: "We are delighted to be working with FCC on what we consider a fundamental for NCIMI in developing medical imaging AI with our stakeholders – so that it produces benefit and value for all parties and we ensure we capture and define this in an collaborative and transparent manner."

Greg Allen, FCC's Chief Executive said: "We welcome this opportunity to work with NCIMI and its partners and we hope that the framework we develop will contribute to ensuring that health data is better valued and stewarded for the benefit of society and, ultimately, those who receive care."

The programme of work is designed to explore whether there is scope for the range of parties involved in NCIMI to distil and agree strategic priorities such that a differential value framework can be developed to guide agreements between individual data subjects, publicly funded and accountable health and care bodies, HEIs and commercial entities where broad-ranging data sets are involved. It will then test any resultant framework to derive lessons for dissemination and discussion with other interested parties.

Future Care Capital (FCC) is a charity which undertakes research to advance ideas that will help shape future health and social care policy and, with that, deliver better outcomes for individuals living in the UK.

Its work to enable key stakeholders to harness the value of healthcare data has involved extensive research, policy development and advocacy activity – impacting developments being led by HMT/Cabinet Office, DHSC and the Office for Life Sciences.