NHS Grants Data Access To Amazon

Amazon and NHS, the National Health Service of the United Kingdom, have signed a contract together that will provide Amazon with free access to the data on the NHS website as well as “all healthcare information” according to an article from The Times. This data includes “symptoms, causes and definitions” as well as “all related copyrightable content and data and other materials,” excluding patient data.

Amazon can share the data with third parties and use it to make, sell and advertise products and services. However, the NHS won’t get any of the profit stemming from products and services that use their data, causing criticism from Jon Ashworth, the shadow health secretary, as well as Tom Brake, a spokesman for the Liberal Democrats. Brake said,

“It beggars belief that the Conservatives have negotiated the selling off of NHS data for nothing.”

The United Kingdom government has not commented on this contract, while the NHS reiterated that no patient data would be given to Amazon under this contract.

Medical Data

NHS Wants Increased Usage of Technology In Medicine

In the Topol Review, an NHS report by Dr. Eric Topol, a digital medicine researcher, geneticist and cardiologist, he calls for the increased usage of virtual reality, artificial intelligence and robotics in medicine. Currently, the NHS has over 70 health apps for patients and healthcare workers. By 2021, users will be able to upload their data from other lifestyle apps and wearables directly into healthcare records.

A survey from Perkins-Eastman, a global architecture firm, echoed the Topol Report. More than two-thirds of the survey’s respondents reported that telemedicine and other voice-activated medical support such as Alexa or Google Assistant would be “very to extremely impactful”. Although the contract between Amazon and the NHS has been criticized by political figures and health officials, many doctors and patients alike would like to see more technology used in medicine.

FAQs

What does NHS stand for in the UK?

NHS stands for the National Health Service, a collection of public healthcare providers based in the United Kingdom.

Is the NHS free in the UK?

General practitioner and nurse consultations are free of charge to residents of the United Kingdom.

How do you do online shopping on Amazon?

To shop online at Amazon, go to their website and type in what product you’re looking for into the search bar. From there, you can read descriptions and customer reviews of each product, click on the purchase button and enter in your payment, shipping and billing information.

Aliza Vigderman

Aliza Vigderman

Aliza is a journalist living in Brooklyn, New York. Throughout her career, her work has spanned many intersections within the tech industry. At SquareFoot, a New York-based real estate technology company, she wrote about the ways in which technology has changed the real estate industry, as well as the challenges that business owners face when they want to invest in property. At Degreed.com, an education technology website, Aliza created digital content for lifelong learners, exploring the ways in which technology has democratized education. Additionally, she has written articles for The Huffington Post as well as her own content on Medium, the online publishing platform. Aliza’s love of journalism and research stems from the excellent Journalism program at Brandeis University. At Brandeis, Aliza interned as a research assistant at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, a non-profit “news room without walls”. There, Aliza was paired with an investigative journalist and used academic databases to obtain data on everything from the suicide rates in Bhutan to local Boston court cases. Her last position was as an account executive at Yelp, educating business owners on the power of technology to increase revenue. Throughout, however, her heart remained with tech journalism, and she’s thrilled to be writing for Security Baron. When she’s not keeping afloat of the latest tech trends, Aliza likes to cook, read, and write. A former high school “Class Clown,” Aliza has completed two feature-length screenplays, a pilot, and countless comedic sketches. On her days off you can find her relaxing in Prospect Park, trying the latest flavors at Ample Hills Ice Cream, and spending time with friends and family.

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