Google’s DeepMind gains access to wide swath of British healthcare data

Under an agreement with the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), Google’s AI unit DeepMind has gained access to health care data on patients from three London hospitals, New Scientist reports. That amounts to data on the approximately 1.6 million patients who use those hospitals on an annual basis, as well as historical data collected by the Royal Free London NHS Trust. New Scientist obtained a document laying out the terms of the agreement, which refers to DeepMind’s development of an analytics-as-a service platform for the NHS. It’s referred to as “Patient Rescue,” though New Scientist reports that name is no longer in use. The platform, the document says, will perform analyses on live and batch data streams. It could, for instance, help provide real-time clinical diagnoses and support doctors’ treatment…


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