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Researchers use machine learning to re-identify ‘anonymous data’

Anonymised data can be traced back to individuals, according to research published in the journal Nature Communications.

Anonymised data can be reverse engineered using machine learning to re-identify individuals, even when anonymization techniques have been put in place.

Researchers from UCLouvain were able to re-identify 99.8% of Americans in any available anonymised dataset by using just 15 characteristics including age, gender and marital status.

NHS partners with Amazon to offer health information through Alexa

The NHS is collaborating with e-commerce giant Amazon to provide health information through the voice-activated, ‘virtual assistant’ Alexa.

Patients will be able to ask Alexa questions like “how do I treat a migraine?” In response, Alexa will offer health information from the NHS.

The new partnership is being touted as a means of relieving pressure on GPs and the NHS by offering easy-to-access information for common illnesses to patients in need.

Patients lack data confidence in NHS

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A recent pharma survey has found that a majority of Britons lack confidence in the NHS to keep their personal data safe.

Findings show that only a third of the people quizzed during an Astellas-sponsored study said they trust the NHS to keep their information secure. This is despite the NHS already gearing up for the inevitable digitalisation of patient records in 2018.

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