Secondary use of general practice data


A decision-making support guide

Secondary use of general practice data


The Secondary use of general practice data provides decision-making support to assist you and your practice staff to decide whether it is appropriate to release de-identified healthcare data at the request of an external organisation.

A definition of terms used throughout this guide is available at the end of this document.

In health care, the primary source of data is through clinical care delivery to patients and when this data is used outside of the general practice setting, for purposes other than which it was originally collected, it is referred to as 'secondary use of data'.

Health information collected as part of delivering clinical care can be used for secondary purposes. It includes such activities as research, quality and safety measurement, provider certification or accreditation and marketing.

The introduction of electronic health records has enabled data to be collected as part of routine clinical care.


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