A new code of conduct for artificial intelligence and other data-driven technologies will ensure that only the best and safest systems are used by the NHS.
The code encourages technology companies to meet a gold-standard set of principles to protect patient data to the highest standards. It has been drawn up with the help of industry, academics and patient groups.
The aim is to make it easier for suppliers to develop technologies that tackle some of the biggest issues in healthcare, such as dementia, obesity and cancer. It will also help health and care providers choose safe, effective and secure technology to improve the services they provide.
The code will:
- promote the UK as the best place in the world to invest in healthtech
- provide evidence of what good practice looks like to industry and commissioners
- reassure patients and clinicians that data-driven technology is safe, effective and maintains privacy
- allow the government to work with suppliers to guide the development of new technology so products are suitable for the NHS in the future
- make sure the NHS get a fair deal from the commercialisation of its data resources