NHS Trust Teams Up With Google To share Patient Data

NHSThe Royal Free, an NHS Hospital Trust in London, has partnered with Google to use a mobile app called Streams that will alert doctors to patients who exhibit signs of early stage acute kidney injury.

The trust has teamed up with DeepMind, the artificial intelligence branch of the tech company, which will see medical practitioners sent news alerts about their patients, the BBC reports. However, some privacy campaigners have voiced their concerns about potential data breaches as a result of the partnership.
It’s thought that the move will see more than half a million hours of time a year freed up for doctors, who currently spend this amount of time on paperwork – so more hours will be available to devote to actual patient care.
All app data is to be encrypted and won’t be shared with Google itself, even though the company technically owns DeepMind. If it’s successful, it will be rolled out to help detect other illnesses like organ failure and sepsis.
“Doctors and nurses currently spend far too much time on paperwork, and we believe this technology could substantially reduce this burden, enabling doctors and nurses to spend more time on what they do best – treating patients,” chief executive of the Royal Free London David Sloman said.
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Author – Oliver