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1.6 Million Patients’ Medical Records Shared With Google by Britain’s National Health Service (NHS)

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“There are existing and strong processes for doing safe medical research using data; but this project seems to have followed none of them.”
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By Siobhan Fenton
The Independent.
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Britain’s National Health Service (NHS)  has given the medical records of 1.6 million patients to Google, it has been revealed.

The records have been shared with Google as part of a data-sharing agreement between the technology giant and the NHS, revealed by The New Scientist.

The records relate to patients of three London hospitals which form the Royal Free Trust; Barnet, Chase Farm and Royal Free Hospital collected over the course of the last five years. An estimated 1.6 million patients attend the hospitals every year.

 

Google says it intends to use the data as part of its group DeepMind to develop a health app which can help recognise kidney injury. However, campaigners have expressed concerns that the data-share…

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