Report: Google AI unit has access to sensitive parts of UK patient records

An artificial intelligence arm of Google has access to highly sensitive health data on potentially millions of British patients, and the public had no clue until now. Friday, New Scientist reported that it had obtained a document showing that the National Health Service allows Google DeepMind to crunch patient-specific data from three London hospitals. “This will include information about people who are HIV-positive, for instance, as well as details of drug overdoses and abortions. The agreement also includes access to patient data from the last five years,” according to New Scientist. DeepMind had announced in February that it was working with the NHS to build an app called Streams to help staff at the three hospitals monitor the health of patients with kidney disease. But the agreement uncovered by New Scientist shows…


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