Data Linkage

Data linkage is the process of combining data from different sources about the same individual or entity.

In the case of CHIMES this could mean combining the data/information held about the same individual from a number of different healthcare sources e.g. from an individual's records held at their GP surgery, the hospital and the community pharmacy.

All linked data is anonymised before it is analysed so that an individual's privacy and confidentiality is always protected.