NHS to share 1.6 million medical records with Google

Up to 1.6 million NHS patients will have their medical records given to Google in an attempt to identify people at risk of health complications. London’s Royal Free NHS Trust, which runs three hospitals in the capital, will encrypt the data to prevent individual identification, according to a document seen by New Scientist. Google’s artificial intelligence medical project, DeepMind, will also receive details about drug overdoses, blood tests, HIV status and abortions in the past five years. The system will mine the data and predict which patients are at highest risk of acute kidney injury (AKI). Usually occurring as a complication from another condition, AKI can result in anything from reduced function to total failure. Kidney Research UK estimates it affects one in six patients admitted to UK hospitals, contributing…


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