YouGov survey reveals willingness for patient data to be shared

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Research, carried out by YouGov and funded  by Oxford-based health technology business Sensyne Health, revealed 71% of people were happy to share their data so long as it is made anonymous and unidentifiable, combined with that of other people and benefited those living in the community.

While the majority of those questioned appeared happy to have their anonymised data shared for the good of others, 70% of people said they would not be happy for the analysis of anonymous NHS patient data to be undertaken by a multinational ‘big tech’ company.

In addition, 13% think such companies can be trusted to handle anonymous NHS patient data in a confidential manner.

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