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DataWell is an innovative digital infrastructure that enables doctors and care professionals in Greater Manchester, East Cheshire and East Lancashire to share and view the patient and client information they need, when they need it, to improve care.


Why are we building DataWell?

There are many NHS organisations involved in healthcare across Greater Manchester, and patients don’t go to one GP practice and one hospital. Hospitals with specialist services need to be able to treat people from across the region, and to be able to follow-up on the outcomes of their treatment so they can learn what works and what doesn’t. Read more...


What is the project doing?

DataWell will:
  • build an innovative platform that enables health data to be shared between healthcare providers
  • and provide NHS organisations in Greater Manchester, East Cheshire and East Lancashire with a development resource that accelerates the delivery of improvements in health outcomes and cost effectiveness


What does all this mean?

For patients and clinicians, this will mean that your healthcare practitioner can access a more complete picture of your healthcare needs at the point it’s needed. Read more...


Progress so far

In 2015 we ran a procurement process to identify a supplier to help us build DataWell, and worked with our local hospitals and CCGs to understand how DataWell can help them address local problems. We are now building the DataWell Exchange platform, and piloting the use of the exchange with NHS organisations around the region. Read more...



For more information contact informatics@gmahsn.org

Read the DataWell business case here

Want to get involved?

  • NHS staff – a reference board group has been set up to consult on the DataWell programme, for more information on this contact informatics@gmahsn.org
  • Members of the public – the DataWell programme is consulting with the GM AHSN Public Involvement and Engagement Group, to find out more about the activities of this group please get in touch

DataWell Privacy Impact Assessment

We have produced a Privacy Impact Assessment which covers the DataWell Exchange platform and the potential ways in which the Exchange could be used by Accelerator projects as part of the programme.

A Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) is a tool to identify and reduce the privacy risks associated with a project, with the intention of reducing the risk of harm to individuals through the misuse of their personal information. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) recommend producing a PIA to identify and mitigate privacy risks and to build this into the design of projects. We consulted with the ICO in the production of our PIA.

The DataWell Exchange PIA explores the privacy considerations and potential privacy impact of the information sharing that the Exchange facilitates. The PIA also clarifies the position of DataWell as a Data Processor, while the participating organisations retain their responsibilities as Data Controllers for the information they share.

This PIA covers use of DataWell for direct care but we would expect each Accelerator project to produce a PIA which covers the specific information sharing considerations for their project. You can read more about this in the document below. 

Read the full PIA Document.

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Greater Manchester AHSN becomes PRSB liaison member

Greater Manchester is the first AHSN in the country to become a Professional Records Standards Body (PRSB) liaison member.

Datawell Reference Board

Our latest reference board meeting was held on June 24th, 2015.

Innovation Partnership Tender Process

GM AHSN has commenced an Innovation Partnership tender process to identify a company to work with the GM health system to develop and build the Datawell Exchange.

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Datawell Industry Event

View our slides introducing Datawell for our industry event.