A Trojan Horse For Patient Data? UK NHS’s New Tech Alliance With Data Company Raises Alarm Bells

Lord Markham, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health and Social Care in the UK, confirmed during a session at the House of Lords that information from family doctors (GPs) will be integrated into the Federated Data Platform (FDP), an emerging technology platform that is part of a £480 ($610.27) million procurement process. Notably, Palantir, a US company known for its intelligence-based technology, is a frontrunner in the procurement. The FDP has been a subject of heated debate due to concerns surrounding data privacy. In his address to the Lords, Lord Markham was adamant that the successful supplier for the FDP would not have the privilege of accessing individuals’ medical records. He elaborated, “The data controller will remain in place for each individual institution; sometimes it is the GP and sometimes it is the hospital. Fundamentally, everyone’s data will be allowed to be used only by the NHS in these circumstances. There are no circumstances in which Palantir – or any other supplier should it win – will have access to see individuals’ data,” The Register reported. Earlier procurement documents from NHS England, issued in January, did not explicitly state that family doctor data would be part of the FDP. These documents highlighted that only NHS National Systems, Integrated Care Provider Systems, and Trust Systems would contribute data to the FDP. However, a spokesperson for NHS England later clarified that local GP data could be incorporated into the FDP through local agreements between GP Data Controllers…A Trojan Horse For Patient Data? UK NHS’s New Tech Alliance With Data Company Raises Alarm Bells