TOP

New code of conduct ‘will build trust in use of health data’

22 February 2019

Header

A new code of conduct has been launched to enable the development and adoption of safe, ethical and effective data-driven health and care technologies.

The ‘Code of conduct for data-driven health and care technology’ recognises that a combination of new digital technologies and data-sharing across the NHS has the potential to improve diagnosis, treatment, experience of care, efficiency of the system and overall outcomes across the health and care system.

It is also essential that new solutions to improve the quality and safety of care, including data-driven technologies, are developed and used in a safe, ethical, evidenced and transparent way.

The need for a code of conduct was highlighted in the Accelerating AI in health and care report published by the AHSN Network, NHS England and Department for Health and Social Care last autumn. It has been developed in discussion with industry experts, academics, regulators and patient representative organisations over the last quarter of 2018.

The Innovation Agency’s Director of Digital Health Alan Davies, who is also Vice Chair of the national AHSN Network’s Digital and AI steering group, said:

“This new code of conduct is essential as we develop technologies which allow us to make smarter use of information about all of us; we need to broker a new era of trust with the public about how we use this data, to ensure people truly understand and have confidence in allowing the information to be used. We are rapidly moving towards the ability to predict diseases even before they manifest themselves, for instance through genome sequencing, using learning algorithms based on rich datasets.

“Public awareness and support for the use of their data will drive improvements in care – it is fundamentally important to have a code of conduct to build that support.”

 

The code of conduct has been published by NHS England and the Department of Health and Social Care and is available here

To add an AI initiative to the AHSN Network directory of AI in health and social care in England, complete this survey.

AHSNs back new drive to increase diversity in NHS leadership Read more

The Innovation Agency is backing a new network for NHS leaders from black and minority ethnic backgrounds. Launched by the NHS Confederation, the BME Leadership Network will work with national and front-line leaders to increase diversity and inclusivity in the..

Health Innovation Exchange programme helps 71 SMEs and creates 22 jobs Read more

71 small and medium businesses have been supported through the Health Innovation Exchange project, helping them take their innovative products and services from concept to market, creating 22 new jobs, since launching in 2016. 

Winners of North West Coast Research and Innovation Awards Read more

The region’s top innovators and researchers in healthcare have been recognised at the North West Coast Research and Innovation Awards. 

National accolade for healthcare innovator Read more

A healthcare innovator from Cheshire has been selected to be a Fellow of the prestigious NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA).

All the latest from the Innovation Agency...