The digital revolution has largely bypassed the NHS, experts say

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The first report from Google’s Deep Mind Health project says doctors are using Snapchat to send scans.

In the first annual report from Google’s Deep Mind Health  project, a panel of independent authors say, by seeing the benefits technology delivers in their own lives, doctors are keen to bring technology into the workplace and are using social media and lifestyle apps to do so. Snapchat is being used to send scans from one clinician to another, while camera apps are being used to record particular details of patient information in a convenient manner.

The authors say that while it is “difficult to criticise these individuals, given that this makes their job possible”, the practice is not without its downfalls and is “clearly an insecure, risky, and non-auditable way of operating, and cannot continue”.

Deep Mind Health is currently working with the UK’s National Health Service on a number of projects. The authors say the “digital revolution has largely bypassed the NHS”. Digital solutions “have been laid on top of the hundreds of different ageing IT systems employed, even within a single NHS trust or authority,” they say. According to the report, the average NHS Trust has 160 different computer systems in operation.

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