Scientists to hunt for lifesaving information buried in cradle-to-grave data collected by GPs and hospitals.
Alf Game, the acting science director at the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), said the system has uses far beyond medical research. "It is not just about medicine. Anonymised data sets of basic health and medical information about the population will be absolutely invaluable in increasing our understanding of successful ageing," he said. "This kind of data would provide the whole picture, about absence of disease as well as the presence of it."