The Telegraph (UK): NHS to launch the world’s first national database of child mortality in bid to stop children dying from pollution. “The NHS is to launch the world’s first national database of child mortality in a bid to stop children dying from pollution and other preventable causes.” This article is paywalled, but you should be able to get the gist.
UKAuthority: UK may lose access to verified medicines database. “Patients will be at risk from fake medicines if the UK leaves the EU without a deal because access to a new EU-wide database could be lost, pharmaceutical leaders have warned.”
CBR: Mental Health Data Hub Simplifies Datasets for Health Workers. “Coinciding with world mental health day NHS Digital is launching the Mental Health Data Hub which will provide an access point for healthcare workers and researchers to NHS datasets. The Mental Health Data Hub was created by NHS Digital the national information and technology partner of the UK’s health system. The online hub contains official published figures and statistics on mental health, learning disabilities and autism services. It also includes information on the number of people in contact with mental health services.”
TechCrunch: UK report warns DeepMind Health could gain ‘excessive monopoly power’ . “The DeepMind Health Independent Reviewers’ 2018 report flags a series of risks and concerns, as they see it, including the potential for DeepMind Health to be able to ‘exert excessive monopoly power’ as a result of the data access and streaming infrastructure that’s bundled with provision of the Streams app — and which, contractually, positions DeepMind as the access-controlling intermediary between the structured health data and any other third parties that might, in the future, want to offer their own digital assistance solutions to the Trust.”
The Register: Audit of DeepMind deal with NHS trust: It checks out, nothing to see here. “An audit of the Royal Free NHS Trust and Google DeepMind’s controversial app to detect kidney disease has deemed its current use of confidential data from real patients lawful – going so far as to suggest findings from other watchdogs were misplaced.”
MedicalXPress: Social media feedback can identify high risk hospitals. “Online patient feedback, including Twitter and Facebook posts, can provide accurate near real-time representations of the quality of care in NHS hospitals – thereby identifying high risk hospitals in need of inspection. These are the findings of a new study by researchers from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) published today (29 September) in the BMJ Quality & Safety.”
Sky News: NHS patients’ data was illegally transferred to Google DeepMind. “The transfer of 1.6 million NHS patients’ personally identifying data to Google was illegal, according to the UK’s data watchdog. The Royal Free NHS Trust gave the data to Google DeepMind, the artificial intelligence arm of Google, for the purpose of testing a smartphone app called Streams – and did so without requesting the patients’ permission.”