UK Public Okay with NHS Data Storage with Some Reservations

July 5, 2023

The UK’s NHS generates massive amounts of real-world data (RWD) every day, but recently data security has become a concern. However, a recent survey found that 59% of participants feeling comfortable with the agency storing their data, although most (89%) felt it was important that the data was stored in the UK. A majority, however, do not feel comfortable with their data being processed using artificial intelligence (AI).

According to Nicole Raleigh, “Of note is that 62% have expressed that their current clouds do not meet data sovereignty requirements. Indeed, many NHS and social care providers use non-national public clouds, meaning that patient data isn’t necessarily hosted in the UK or a national border, but by “a provider currently deemed adequate by the UK”. This means that the data could be subject to external jurisdictional control. Only last month, NHS England awarded a new contract to US data analytics company Palantir to transition existing NHS projects into a new federated data platform (FDP).”

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(Source: Pharmaphorum, July 5th, 2023)

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