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All watched over by machines of loving grace: an optimistic view of big data

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 30 August 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3967
  1. Brian McKinstry, professor of primary care e-health
  1. Usher institute, Centre for Medical Informatics, University of Edinburgh, Number 9, Bioquarter, Edinburgh EH16 4UX, UK
  1. brian.mckinstry{at}

Heath presents a dystopian view of big data and telehealth surveillance.1 Access to more information might increase false positives, but these will be reduced as artificial intelligence (AI) continues to learn from individual experiences to provide more precisely tailored alerts.2 The soulless vision presented by Heath is not our experience with …

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