Government hands Amazon free access to NHS informationBMJ 2019; 367 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l6901 (Published 09 December 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6901
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It is with interest to find that Amazon now has "access to “symptoms, causes and definitions” and to “all related copyrightable content and data and other materials.” It can use the data to develop, advertise, and sell “new products, applications, cloud-based services and/or distributed software.”
Particularly when Cerner Corporation is in a multi-faceted, strategic collaboration with Amazon Web Services, Inc "expected to power enhanced clinical experiences, increase efficiencies by lowering operational burdens for health care organizations and accelerate Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) and other cutting-edge innovations thereby advancing better patient health outcomes." (ref 1)
Cerner’s Millennium EPR has been deployed at more than 20 NHS acute trusts. In 2014, the company launch Cerner SaaS, the first “comprehensive” subscription-based EPR available to NHS acute trusts. particularly targeting at smaller trusts with less than 500 beds and who lack the capital for a full deployment (ref 2).
Together with other recent Amazon purchases in healthcare assets, including a pharmacy and consultation electronic transcription service, Amazon is likely going to be making full use of these large scale NHS healthcare data.
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