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DeepMind health unit’s move to Google raises privacy concerns

The independent panel set up to review the handling of health data by UK artificial intelligence firm DeepMind is to be wound up as the company’s DeepMind Health unit moves to Google, its parent firm.

DeepMind, which applies machine learning to medical data to improve healthcare, announced on 13 November that it was transferring control of DeepMind Health, its health subsidiary, to Google. It said this would help scale up its Streams project, a mobile app for clinicians that sends alerts when a patient’s vital signs or blood results are abnormal.

But the move also brings to an end the independent review panel DeepMind set up in 2016 in response to concerns about how healthcare data was being handled in a project run by DeepMind and the Royal Free NHS Foundation.

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