Google’s DeepMind Gets Access to NHS Patient Data; Controversy Ensues (GOOG)

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Google’s DeepMind Gets Access to NHS Patient Data; Controversy Ensues (GOOG)
Alphabet Inc. (GOOG) subsidiary Google’s artificial intelligence company DeepMind Health has signed an agreement with a hospital
that is part of the U. K.’s National Health Service (NHS) network to deploy Streams, an app that monitors critical indicators of a patient’s health and alerts doctors.
Dame Fiona Caldicott, the Department of Health’s National Data Guardian, wrote
that the “… purpose for the transfer of 1.6 million identifiable patient records to Google DeepMind was for the testing of the Streams application, and not for the provision of direct care to patients.”
And so far, we feel that a lot of it, the purpose of the board currently is to educate the people on
that board as to the issues and bring everyone up to speed,” Demis Hassabis, DeepMind co-founder and CEO, told The Guardian.
For its part, the company states that its data access is covered by “implied consent under direct care” provisions and
that it has not shared the data with other services owned by its parent company.
DeepMind also has an ethics board, but the company has not divulged its composition or the matters discussed by the board.
A recent report by technology consulting firm Accenture states
that the market for applications of artificial intelligence services in healthcare will grow at a compound annual rate of 40% and is expected to reach $6.6 billion by 2021.
The watchdog sent the company a letter in May stating that it had obtained patient data on an “inappropriate legal basis.”
Earlier, the company signed a similar agreement for patient data with three hospitals that operate under the NHS umbrella.
Most artificial intelligence companies have an ethics board that consists of notable members from different fields.

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