Royal Free and Deepmind

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Dear Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust,

Please provide me with copies of the following:

1. Any privacy impact assessment performed regarding this project.
2. The information sharing agreement between yourselves and Google/Deepmind.
3. Any board or committee meeting minutes where the decision to undertake this project was agreed/approved.

Yours faithfully,

Alex Hydell

foi rf (ROYAL FREE LONDON NHS FOUNDATION TRUST), Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Mr Hydell

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You will receive a response from us within 20 working days or an explanation as to why this is not possible.

Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information Team
Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

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foi rf (ROYAL FREE LONDON NHS FOUNDATION TRUST), Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Mr Hydell

 

Further to your request for information please see the response below. 

 

Your question

 

1. Any privacy impact assessment performed regarding this project.

2. The information sharing agreement between yourselves and
Google/Deepmind.

3. Any board or committee meeting minutes where the decision to undertake
this project was agreed/approved.

 

 

The response

 

The privacy impact assessment and information sharing agreement are
enclosed.  The precise storage location has been redacted under section 43
(commercial interests).

The trust board discussed the agreement in the confidential part of their
meeting on 27 January 2016.  The confirmed minute is provided below.

 

C2016/06 GOOGLE DEEPMIND MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING  

 
  C2016/06        DeepMind memorandum of understanding  

 

The chief finance officer presented this report, explaining
that this was an over-arching memorandum of understanding
within which various products would be designed. 

 

The medical director added that DeepMind were known for their
expertise in developing artificial intelligence. 

 

The company had been working on an ‘app’ designed for assisting
in the care of patients suffering with acute kidney injury. 

 

The agreement would benefit both the trust, in being associated
with cutting edge innovation, and DeepMind in being linked with
a leading NHS organisation and its professional team.  It would
also be the start of a strategic partnership with DeepMind.

 

Ms Oakley, non-executive director, stated the importance of
ensuring that patient data was safeguarded and that DeepMind
used “Chinese walls” to ring-fence patient data within their
own organisation.

 

Prof Schapira, non-executive director, noted that this was an
exciting opportunity but that the trust would require
specialist and expert advice on a case by case basis in
negotiations with DeepMind.

 

Mr Ainger, non-executive director, stated the importance of the
trust gaining the maximum possible benefit from this agreement
including where intellectual property is generated and agreed
that expert advice would be crucial. Mr Finch, non-executive
director emphasised the importance of obtaining the right
advice.

 

The chief information officer advised that DeepMind had signed
up to the information governance toolkit and had obtained level
3 (the best possible level) in all domains.

 

The chief finance officer confirmed that the trust was
obtaining expert intellectual property and legal advice.

 

It was confirmed that the trust would continue to own the data,
but DeepMind would own the ‘app’.  There would be a separate
agreement for each product developed which would include
intellectual property arrangements. 

 

The memorandum of understanding was approved contingent on
positive intellectual property and legal advice.

 

Your appeal rights

 

We hope that you will be satisfied with our response to your request, if
not you may ask us to review our decision in which case you should write
to Ms Emma Kearney, director of corporate affairs and communications,
Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, Pond Street, London  NW3 2QG,
explaining what you would like us to review and including your reference
number.  If you are not satisfied with the internal review, you can appeal
to the Information Commissioner.  The contact details are: Information
Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF, telephone 01625 545 700 or see [1]www.ico.org.uk

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Alison Macdonald

Board Secretary

 

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