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Can the NHS be a learning healthcare system in the age of digital technology?

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  • Contributors AB produced the original draft manuscript and all authors were responsible for revisions and the final version.

  • Competing interests AB has received honoraria from Novo Nordisk and Boehringer Ingelheim. The other authors have no competing interests to report.

  • Patient consent Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Data sharing statement No data were used for this manuscript.

  • Presented at This manuscript was influenced by the outcomes of three workshops which AB designed and coordinated on the theme of big data in healthcare: ‘Big data and Evidence-Based Medicine-the promises and the pitfalls’ at Evidence Live, Oxford in June 2016; ‘Learning health systems-the only way to do translational data science?’ at the International Population Data Linkage Network (IPDLN) Conference, Swansea in August 2016 and ‘Big data-part of the problem of over-diagnosis or part of the solution?’ at the Preventing Overdiagnosis Conference, Barcelona in September 2016.

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