Greater Manchester to launch GM-Connect

Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) is set to launch a new data sharing authority, named GM-Connect, to help its public services share data information.

GM-Connect follows recent recommendations by the Policy Exchange Smart Devolution which claims that data-sharing is vital to giving cities greater control over their own destinies.

It is hoped that GM-Connect will allow an improved understanding of the risks, challenges and opportunities in the Greater Manchester region - identifying patterns, trends and relationships and helping allocate resources as effectively as possible. This will enable public services, like health and social care, to be more productive, efficient and better connected.

The initiative will be overseen by Greater Manchester’s executive board to determine appropriate use and maintain that the region is safeguarding the information it holds.

Tony Lloyd, interim Mayor of Greater Manchester, said: "Improved data sharing is essential to successfully transforming public services in Greater Manchester and ensuring they are better integrated.

"It will enable us to build up a clearer and more detailed picture of what's happening across the area so we can target our resources as effectively as possible, as well as helping us to identify the people most in need of support. This includes reducing the costs of public services in a sustainable way by addressing issues, for example potential poor health, before they become expensive problems."

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