DeepMind is due to start rolling out its controversial Streams healthcare app to another UK hospital.
Dominic King, clinician scientist and clinical lead at Google DeepMind, said at the CogX conference in London on Wednesday that DeepMind is now working with Musgrove Park Hospital in Somerset, which is operated by Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust.
“We’re delighted to announce our first partnership outside of London to help doctors and nurses break new ground in the NHS’s use of digital technology” DeepMind wrote in a blog post on its website.
“Over the next five years, we’ll be rolling it out at Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust as part of a new partnership.”
Streams, which doesn’t yet involve any of the artificial intelligence technology that DeepMind is known for, allows clinicians to see electronic patient records on their smartphones and get alerts when their patient’s conditions start to deteriorate.
No patient data at Musgrove Park Hospital has been processed yet but this is due to change in the near future. The BBC reports that there “will be no opt-out for patients who do not wish to share their data” at Musgrove Park.
Hospital workers have welcomed the new app but privacy campaigners are unhappy that Google was given access to 1.6 million medical records without patient consent.
DeepMind’s first NHS deal was with the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. The deal is being investigated by the Information Commissioner’s Office, which is the UK data regulator.
Dr Luke Gompels, consultant in medicine at Musgrove Park Hospital, said in a statement: “This is all about early detection of seriously unwell patients so that we can immediately escalate care, ensure a very rapid response, and make sure they are treated quickly by the right specialist doctor. In this way we can make more of a difference, more quickly.”