The use of personal information in medical research
The use of patient records offers huge potential for biomedical and healthcare research. But personal information is potentially both sensitive and private - it is crucial to develop public trust that data will be handled confidentially and securely.
The Wellcome Trust funds research that uses personal information, and actively encourages the research community to develop best practice to safeguard data. In particular, we have been working to ensure that the research potential of electronic patient records is realised.We also support public engagement activities to explore the issues around using personal information in biomedical research.