Trust updates technology partnership to continue improvements to patient care

Update July 2021: The Trust was informed by Google Health that it is planning to decommission Streams. The Trust therefore took the decision to stop using Streams at the end of July 2021.

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust has transferred its agreement with DeepMind to Google Health UK allowing healthcare professionals in its hospitals to continue using the Streams app to securely access their patients’ latest test results from their mobile devices.

The Trust began rolling out Streams in January 2019 giving clinicians’ real-time access to patients’ test results without having to leave their bedside to log into a computer, allowing them to make faster clinical decisions. The app is already bringing real benefits to patients and staff, with the time saved allowing clinicians greater focus on direct patient care.

The Trust entered into a partnership with DeepMind, who developed the Streams app, in December 2016. In November 2018, it was announced that Streams and the team behind it, would move to Google Health so the app can be developed and support more clinical staff to deliver faster, better care to patients. DeepMind is no longer supporting the Streams app.

To enable the Trust to continue using Streams and develop its functionality, the Trust has, after careful consideration including a full data protection impact assessment, transferred its agreement with DeepMind to Google Health UK.

Under the agreement the Trust remains the data controller, with Google Health processing the Trust’s patient data under the instruction of the Trust so that it can be viewed via the Streams app. The data cannot be accessed or used by Google Health for any purposes other than to provide the Streams app to the Trust.

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