In an op-ed for Wired, Robert Wachter writes that secure data sharing between health systems and companies on a digital platform will inevitably happen within the next 10 years, but a lack of privacy considerations will slow the process. "One of the biggest obstacles we face in this essential move to the digitisation of healthcare is public concern about privacy," wrote Wachter, who highlighted the 1.6 million patient records shared between the U.K. National Health System and artificial intelligence company DeepMind as a red flag among privacy advocates. However, Wachter sees the need for sharing, adding that "We will be able to use AI to analyze the data of millions of patients to reveal patterns and insights that I, as a practicing clinician, couldn’t possibly have discovered on my own. These will guide me to make better predictions, and patients to take the right actions."
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