Privacy

UK Patient Data To Be Mined for Research

Those using the National Health Service will have to opt-out or else become research subjects

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Prime minister David Cameron said his government is launching a consultation on changing the NHS constitution so that the "default setting" is for patients' data to be used for research unless the patient opts out.

In a speech to the Global Health Policy Summit in London, he said that the UK is going to be the "world leader" in making real-time patient data available for drug development.