UK coronavirus live: England had highest levels of excess deaths in Europe in first half of 2020, ONS says

Complex, confusing advice leads to over-cautious interpretation. For example, without changing a jot of the law, early in the crisis NHSx issued radically simplified new guidance to support new ways of working.

The guidance was on one page, and targeted at every single frontline professional – not just at information governance experts.

For example, we made clear that it’s fine to use secure messaging services like WhatsApp to share information with colleagues or patients where the benefits outweigh the risks.

And we made it easier to link the primary care records of millions to the latest data on coronavirus.

Helping us to do the world’s largest analysis of coronavirus risk factors.

This work normally would have taken years, but thanks to our new framework for processing data, it went from proposal to execution in just 42 days.


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