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[Comment] Harnessing the value of NHS patient data

In April, 2018, the House of Lords Select Committee on artificial intelligence released AI in the UK: Ready, Willing and Able?, a report about the opportunities and benefits of embracing artificial intelligence in the UK.1 The report describes patient data in the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) as a “unique source of value for the nation”.1 But who controls these data and how best to harness the commercial value of patient data are controversial topics for politicians and health-care providers.