Private Healthcare Information Network (PHIN)
Tuesday 31st July 2018
We have been advised by PHIN that they have delayed the publication of consultant measures on their website. They have commented that “It was our ambition to publish a meaningful set of performance information for a minimum of 1,000 consultants by the end of July. Unfortunately there have been technological challenges with our platform and this has prevented some consultants from approving their measures, meaning that we have fallen short of our target. We take responsibility for this and apologise for the frustration which a number of consultants have experienced.”
PHIN has now extended the data validation window until the end of August to allow more time for consultants to review and sign-off their performance measures. They have reported that so far more than 500 consultants across all specialties have signed-off their measures for publication, and others have been working with their hospitals to identify and improve data quality.
From a BOA perspective, we have continued to liaise with PHIN on various aspects of their work. Any members experiencing particular issues are welcome to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Background briefing and position statement
Wednesday 30th May 2018
BOA President, Ananda Nanu, has written a latest update and briefing for all members with a private practice in relation to PHIN. There are some imminent developments in this area from early June and we urge all members affected to review this document. Anyone with queries on this can contact email@example.com.
Members may recall that PHIN (Private Healthcare Information Network) has been tasked with implementing a series of CMA (Competition and Market Authority) remedies to increase transparency in privately funded healthcare. In 2017, we published three documents to help our members in relation to this initiative (downloadable below). These documents are:
1) About the launch of PHIN’s Consultant Portal and the opportunity for consultants to check their data.
2) We understand that some members would like to know more about the background to this initiative and how the plans affect T&O, and we have prepared a background briefing document for this purpose.
3) The BOA has been working collaboratively with PHIN and sees it as important to be closely involved in the work on this initiative, given the large number of our members who are likely to be affected by it. In November 2017, We published a position statement document that outlines the view we have taken on various issues.