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Doctors using Snapchat to send patient scans to each other, panel finds

Doctors are using Snapchat to send patient scans to each other, a panel of health and tech experts has found, concluding the “digital revolution has largely bypassed the NHS”.

Clinicians use camera apps to record particular details of patient information in a convenient format, the panel said in a report, describing it as “clearly an insecure, risky, and non-auditable way of operating, and cannot continue”.

It also notes that the NHS still holds the “dubious” title of the world’s largest purchaser of fax machines.

The report was commissioned by DeepMind Health (DMH), which is owned by Alphabet, the parent company of Google, for an annual independent review of the company’s work. DMH’s work involves introducing and testing new technology for the NHS.

This week the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) found that London’s Royal Free hospital failed to comply with the Data Protection Act when it handed over personal data of 1.6 million patients to DMH.

In its review, the panel, chaired by former Liberal Democrat MP Dr Julian Huppert, said: “The digital revolution has largely bypassed the NHS.”

Read more in The Guardian.

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