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DeepMind’s recent foray into providing software as a service to UK hospitals has reached the end of its run.
The Google -owned AI division has just announced it will be stepping back from providing a clinicial alerts and task management healthcare app to focus on research — handing off the team doing the day to day delivery of the Streams to its parent, Google.
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Announcing the move in a blog post entitled ‘Scaling Streams with Google’, DeepMind’s co-founders write: “Our vision is for Streams to now become an AI-powered assistant for nurses and doctors everywhere — combining the best algorithms with intuitive design, all backed up by rigorous evidence. The team working within Google, alongside brilliant colleagues from across the organisation, will help make this vision a reality.”
DeepMind’s 2015 plunge into the health apps space always looked like a curious departure for an AI specialist because — despite the above quote — the Streams app does not use any AI.
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Rather it uses a National Health Service algorithm. The design of the app was also outsourced to a UK based app studio.
Yet DeepMind began its foray into health with grand ambitions about applying AI to patient data, quietly inking an expansive data-sharing arrangement plus memorandum of understanding with an NHS Trust to get access to millions of patients’ full (and fully identifiable) medical records, as we reported at the time.
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The Streams project ran into major controversy in May 2016 when fuller details emerged about the scope and terms of the data-sharing underpinning the app — and questions started being asked about data governance due process, legal bases for data-sharing and Google’s role and potential interest in people’s medical records.
After a year, the initial data-sharing arrangement between DeepMind and the Royal Free was scraped and replaced with a tighter contract.
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