What we do with Electronic Medical Records data is a hot topic around the world. The UK had its own problems when it tried to launch “Care.Data” (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-26259101) to extract data from family doctors (General Practitioners) which have still not been resolved.
Adam Tanner from Scientific American has written an interesting article on how the market for medical records data has been growing and how patient privacy may be at risk if the data is not properly anonymised.
The UK government is currently working on a project called Care.Data that will extract healthcare data from doctor's offices and link it with data from hospitals and other government services. When this project was first announced there was a lot of negative press around issues of opting out of the data collection, informed consent and selling the data to commercial organisations.
Here's an interesting series of videos from The Nuffield Trust showing some of the leaders in this area talking abou
Modern Healthcare is reporting that Chinese hackers have stolen a large number of non-medical records from a US hospital chain:
An outside group of hackers targeted Community Health Systems'computer network and stole 4.5 million individuals' non-medical patient data, the company disclosed Monday in a regulatory filing.
The Franklin, Tenn.-based chain, which says it has 206 hospitals in 29 states, said a group originating in China used highly sophisticated malware and technology in the criminal
Worth reading Superintelligence by Bostrom. We need to be super careful with AI. Potentially more dangerous than nukes.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 3, 2014
At the suggestion of Elon Musk, I've just finished reading "Our Final Invention" by James Barrett and am due to attend a talk by Nick Bostrom (author of Superintelligence) in a few weeks time at Oxford.
The books are quite scary and seem to be well thought through. Computers are certainly getting better quickly and the world is getting
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