OpenPrescribing.net has launched an NHS dm+d allowing anyone to search and identify any medicine or product that can be prescribed in the NHS.
dm+d is the standard dictionary for the medicines and devices used across the NHS. It contains standardised codes,descriptions, and metadata (such as price and pack size) for every entry.
This blog describes some of the technical background about how the NHS is set up in terms of organisational data, and describes our plan for dealing with the ever evolving formations within the NHS, including primary care networks (PCNs).
This week we have launched a new email alerting service that covers all of NHS England. To sign up, just go to the All England page and enter your email address in the box beside the measures categories (see screenshot below).
We think it is unhelpful that so much NHS data analysis is outsourced, or done behind closed doors. This blog sets out the steps we take with OpenPrescribing.net to ensure all our analysis and methodology is freely available for inspection, review, and importantly re-use, by anyone.
Here, we report our estimate of the impact on non-CCG organisations (such as charities and local authorities) as an additional £5.6 million in 2018: a huge four-fold cost increase on top of expected prices for a sector that is already over-stretched.