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Slurp up patient data for algos that will detect cancer early, says UK PM

The UK prime minister has been wooed by the promises made by proponents of artificial intelligence, today pledging more use of algorithms and data-crunching in the health service. In a speech in Macclesfield, Theresa May confirmed plans to invest in boosting the use of AI in healthcare, as well as the use of data to help early …
Rebecca Hill, 21 May 2018
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You know me, I don't know you: Hospital reportedly raps staff for peeking at Ed Sheeran data

Two UK hospital workers have reportedly been disciplined for accessing Ed Sheeran's personal details after he was admitted following a bicycle accident. The carrot-mopped guitar-botherer was treated at Ipswich Hospital last year for a broken wrist and elbow. ed sheeran Spotify wants to go public but can't find Ed Sheeran (to …
Rebecca Hill, 21 May 2018
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Capita cost-cutting on NHS England contract 'put patients at risk' – spending watchdog

A botched £330m seven-year NHS contract with Capita to outsource back-office support for 39,000 GPs, dentists and opticians was today savaged by the UK government's spending watchdog over its "potential to seriously harm patients". In 2015 Capita won the primary care support services contract to administer payments to GP …
Kat Hall, 17 May 2018
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Brit healthcare system inks Windows 10 install pact with Microsoft

The UK government's Department of Health and Social Care has inked a deal with Microsoft to upgrade all NHS machines to Windows 10 – in a supposed attempt to boost resilience following the WannaCry incident last year. Woman in hospital (in hospital gown) covers face with hands On the NHS tech team? Weep at ugly WannaCry post …
Kat Hall, 30 Apr 2018
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Creaky NHS digital infrastructure risks holding back gene boffinry, say MPs

The state of the NHS's digital infrastructure and a lack of clear budgets risk holding back the UK’s efforts in genomic medicine and research, MPs have said. In a report, Genomics and Genome Editing in the NHS, The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee criticised a lack of investment in the kit, training and public …
Rebecca Hill, 20 Apr 2018
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NHS given a lashing for lack of action plan one year since WannaCry

Nearly a year has passed since the unprecedented WannaCry cyber attack and the UK's NHS has yet to agree an action plan, according to a report by MPs. Following the incident last June, which caused 20,000 hospital appointments and operations to be cancelled, a Lessons Learned review was published with 22 recommendations for …
Kat Hall, 18 Apr 2018
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Imagine you're having a CT scan and malware alters the radiation levels – it's doable

As memories of last May's WannaCry cyber attack fade, the healthcare sector and Britain's NHS are still deep in learning. According to October's National Audit Office (NAO) report (PDF), 81 NHS Trusts, 603 primary care organisations and 595 GP practices in England and Wales were infected by the malware, with many others in …
John E Dunn, 11 Apr 2018
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NHS Digital to probe live-stream spillage of confidential patient info – after El Reg tipoff

Exclusive NHS Digital has opened an inquiry after patients' personal information was revealed during a live-streamed research session for a new app. Yesterday, the UK's National Health Service showed off the software application to members of the public. However, those folks were potentially unaware that the demo session was being video …
Kat Hall, 9 Mar 2018

Stop slurping NHS data to enforce immigration laws? Not on your nellie, huffs UK Home Office

The NHS has said it will continue sharing data with the Home Office for immigration enforcement, despite MPs calling for the government to put an immediate stop to the transfer. The data-sharing deal, which was put on official footing in January last year and renewed in December, allows the NHS to hand over non-clinical …
Rebecca Hill, 28 Feb 2018
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Vaping on the NHS? Don't hold your breath

Experts told Parliament that a post-Brexit Britain should think about axing the most draconian EU-wide e-cigarette regulations to encourage people to quit smoking tobacco. The Science and Technology Select Committee heard oral evidence yesterday that the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD2) ban on promoting e-cigs, and its …
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Feb 2018

Let's get to know each other first: Joe Public won't share their data with just anyone

The British public are much more likely to hand over personal data to an organisation they know than one they don't, and are willing to accept a trade-off if it will help science – or themselves. That's according to a survey carried out by pollsters YouGov for the Open Data Institute (ODI), which asked it to find out what the …
Rebecca Hill, 13 Feb 2018
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Vast majority of NHS trusts have failed cyber security assessment, Brit MPs told

Every single one of the 200 NHS trusts in the UK so far assessed for cyber security resilience has failed an on-site assessment, MPs on the Public Accounts Committee were told yesterday. There are a total of 236 trusts. There is no timeline on when the remaining 36 will be checked over. In a hearing about the WannaCry …
Kat Hall, 6 Feb 2018
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On the NHS tech team? Weep at ugly WannaCry post-mortem, smile as Health dept outlines plan

The WannaCry outbreak has forced the UK's national health service to overhaul its crisis planning to put new measures in place to avoid further crippling cyber attacks. A UK Department of Health and Social Care postmortem on the May 2017 WannaCry outbreak, published on Thursday, repeats the findings of previous UK government …
John Leyden, 2 Feb 2018
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Capita contract probed after thousands of clinical letters stuffed in a drawer somewhere

The UK's National Audit Office is investigating a backlog of 162,000 undelivered items of clinical correspondence on the watch of Capita's £700m Primary Care Services contract. NHS logo affixed to building NHS: Remember those patient records we didn't deliver? Well, we found another 162,000 READ MORE In September 2015, …
Kat Hall, 2 Feb 2018
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Govt 'comprehensively ignored' advice over NHS data-sharing deal

NHS Digital must put an immediate stop to patient data-sharing deal with the UK Home Office for immigration enforcement, MPs have said. The deal, which was put on official footing last year, allows the Home Office to ask the National Health Service for non-clinical information – such as date of birth or last known address – …
Rebecca Hill, 31 Jan 2018
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NHS outages KO Welsh GP services and Manchester A&E

A data centre glitch has left doctors in Wales unable to access their patients’ details – while a similar outage in Manchester, England, has placed severe strain on hospitals’ accident and emergency departments. Dr Alan Woodall, chairman of GP Survival UK who works from a surgery in Montgomeryshire, mid-Wales, told the Beeb: " …
Gareth Corfield, 24 Jan 2018
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NHS deploys Microsoft threat detection service on just 30,000 devices

Updated NHS Digital has yet to explain why it has taken months to roll out Microsoft's Enterprise Threat Detection Service (ETDS) to only about two per cent of the UK health service's targeted installed base. The ETDS element was included in a custom support agreement that covers all NHS orgs in the UK under a framework penned in …
Paul Kunert, 24 Jan 2018
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NHS OKs offshoring patient data to cloud providers stateside

The UK's National Health Service has said that Brits' patient data can be stored in the cloud – and has given US data centres party to Privacy Shield the thumbs-up. In a major policy shift, NHS Digital has given care providers the go-ahead to store patient information outside Blighty in a bid to hurry them into the cloud to …
Rebecca Hill, 22 Jan 2018

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