Transparency & Independent Reviewers

DeepMind Health and transparency

The NHS has a uniquely central place in British life, and any organisation working with it is rightly subject to intense scrutiny. This is particularly important when our work involves patient data.

We want to set new standards for transparency in NHS IT. We're taking unprecedented, proactive steps to enable meaningful scrutiny of our projects, legal agreements and data use. 

Independent Reviewers

We've asked a number of respected public figures to scrutinise us in the public interest as unpaid Independent Reviewers of DeepMind Health. They meet four times a year to examine our work with the NHS, and will publicly issue an annual statement outlining their findings after reviewing our information processing agreements, our privacy and security measures, and our product roadmaps. You can read more about our Independent Reviewers here.  

DeepMind and Google

Google acquired DeepMind in 2014, because they were excited about the potential for our technology. As part of that deal we agreed that DeepMind would continue to operate independently, and that we would put our technology at the service of other groups like the NHS in line with our social mission. DeepMind Health is our team doing just that.

Most importantly, NHS patient data will only ever be used to help improve hospital care. No NHS patient data will ever be connected to Google accounts or services, or used for any commercial purposes like advertising or insurance. Doing so would be completely impossible under our agreements with the NHS and the law, and would go against the ethical code that underpins our culture and work.

You can find more about our approach to data here.

Our agreements with NHS partners

We're also taking the unusual step of publishing our contracts with hospitals for everyone to read themselves. The agreements have only minor redactions where there are particular areas of commercial sensitivity.

Royal Free & DeepMind – Streams partnership

You can download our services agreement with the Royal Free, here.

You can also download our information processing agreement with the Royal Free, here. This covers how patient data is processed.

Imperial & DeepMind – Streams partnership

You can download our services agreement with Imperial, here.

You can also download our information processing agreement with Imperial, here. This covers how patient data is processed.

Taunton and Somerset & DeepMind – Streams partnership

You can download our services agreement with Taunton and Somerset, here. This services agreement also includes our information processing agreement with the trust, which covers how patient data is processed.

Yeovil & DeepMind – Streams partnership

You can download our master services agreement with Yeovil, here. This services agreement also includes our information processing agreement with the trust, which covers how patient data is processed.

Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – eye disease research collaboration

You can request a copy of the research collaboration agreement (with minor redactions for commercial sensitivity) and the ROAD (Research On Anonymised Data) form, which was approved by the Moorfields Research and Development department, by emailing press.office@moorfields.nhs.uk.

You can also view a copy of a research protocol we've written for this project on the open access website F1000Research.

A summary of the project is also available on the Health Research Authority’s website.

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – radiotherapy research collaboration

You can request a copy of the research collaboration agreement (with minor redactions for commercial sensitivity) by emailing UCLH’s communications team. Patients who have further questions can speak to their Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS).

You can also view a copy of a research protocol we've written for this project on the open access website F1000Research.

A summary of the project is available on the Health Research Authority's website.

Learning from, and sharing, our experiences

Given the importance of the NHS to the UK, it’s striking that relatively few British tech companies and start-ups are developing tools for our health service. In part, this is because NHS technology projects haven't always had a smooth ride and have struggled to have a measurable impact due to the large and complex nature of the NHS itself.

Despite our best efforts, we know that we’ll face challenges and make mistakes, too. We’re committed to sharing these openly, and hope that what we learn will be useful to others. Read more about what we've learned

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