NHS England issues PET contract, NHSE announces AI funding

23/06/2023 | UK Government

NHS England is looking for a provider of privacy-enhancing technologies (PETs) to keep patient data safe on its planned federated data platform and throughout the health service. The government has advertised a three-year contract worth up to £35 million to achieve this. The NHS Privacy Enhancing Technology (NHS-PET) service will be crucial to ensuring that patient data is shared safely and securely. Health data is highly sensitive, and it's essential for the public to trust its use in medical research. 

Additionally, NHSE has announced £21 million in funding for AI applications across the NHS.

In related news, the NHS Federated Data Platform (FDP) is set to upload information from family GP surgeries, according to Lord Markham, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health and Social Care. However, speaking in the House of Lords, Lord Markham said the FDP contracted provider would not be able to access medical records of individuals on the system.

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