back to article Five NHS trusts do DeepMind data deal with Google. One says no

Five National Health Trusts have signed up to transfer their existing data deals with DeepMind to its parent company Google, but one has refused. Google bought London-based AI firm DeepMind Technologies in 2014 and it officially becomes part of Google Health this week, a year after it announced the transfer. The Royal Free …

  1. Will Godfrey Silver badge
    Mushroom

    Bar Stewards

    So when do we start seeing 'personalised' adds for our medical conditions... from every scammer in the world.

    Not forgetting cold calling, insurance hikes, etc.

  2. RM Myers
    FAIL

    Foreign Corporations

    "If NHS bodies are signing contracts to share large amounts of patient medical history and data with foreign corporations,..."

    Google wouldn't be a "foreign" corporation for me, but I'll be damned if I want my medical data handed to them.

  3. JohnFen Silver badge

    Holy crap

    This may be the only area where the US health care system is better. While the medical industry here regularly shares way too much patient information with drug companies and the like, at least (as far as I know), they aren't shoveling it all to Google!

  4. Paratrooping Parrot
    Boffin

    No investment in the UK

    The problem is that the government refuses to invest in the NHS, instead is slowly handing it over to corporations such as Richard Branston. If there was investment within the UK, then there could be research into using machine learning within the NHS. However, it is all being handed over to the lowest bidder who are desperate to make money and to improve their own infrastructure.

    1. Woodnag

      Re: No investment in the UK

      You're in a bit of a pickle spelling Richard's surname, laddie...

  5. matt-black

    The NHS isn't very discriminating on the application of AI

    The NHS often seems to invest in things like AI on the basis of hype, not rational assessment of potential. I argued this in a British Medical Journal opinion piece this week: https://blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2019/09/20/stephen-black-to-benefit-the-nhs-ai-must-be-guided-by-intelligence-not-hype/

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