Published: Fri, November 16, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

Any health data for sale? Google is ready to slurp it up

Any health data for sale? Google is ready to slurp it up

They will be aided by David Feinberg, who is to lead Google's health strategy from January 2019.

DeepMind Health's move to Google has raised hackles with privacy advocates in part due to the way in which the firm formerly took care to ensure that its NHS operations were separate from the operations of the online search and advertising giant.

Google acquired DeepMind in 2014, however the company has operated independently - until now. Apart from medical research, it is also not known if any of the work done by these divisions will make it to consumer-facing services, which include the likes of Google Fit.

Today, the firm announced that the health division, along with the team behind "Streams", their mobile app that supports healthcare officials with faster identification and diagnosis of patients" conditions, is moving to Google's newly-formed health arm dubbed "Google Health'. The main privacy control, Google says, is that the data remains will the health practitioner and it is not shared with third parties.

'When we have promising results that could have impact at scale, we'll work closely with the Streams and transnational research teams at Google on how to implement research ideas into clinical settings'.

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However, many experts have criticised the company for its "brazen deception".

The restructure, critics argue, breaks a pledge DeepMind made when it started working with the NHS that "data will never be connected to Google accounts or services". "The research team at DeepMind will continue to lead the way in applying AI to important fundamental research questions in science and medicine". "Information governance and safety remain our top priorities", the founders wrote.

"Our contractual agreements with existing partners, and their restrictive rules on patient data, are still in force and unchanged", the spokesperson said. Over time use of the app has extended to ten London hospitals.

The Royal Free NHS Trust did not comply with the Data Protection Act when it passed on personal information of around 1.6 million patients, a British data protection watchdog found.

The investigation found that many patients did not know their data was being used as part of a test.

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