GDPR provides for greater control and clarity of data collected but how will it be used and what it is for?
GDPR delivers rights to individuals to control how their personal data is used, including the right to have their data deleted or transferred.
Where AI profiling in healthcare (the practice of automatic processing of data to evaluate, analyse and predict an individual’s health ) is permitted GDPR requires it to be properly explained in all privacy notifications, including the rationale for its utilisation. This allows individuals and healthcare professionals more control and a better understanding of the significance of AI in a healthcare setting.
Profiling under GDPR is not permitted without clear consent from individual subjects. Organisations and healthcare professionals must also ensure that AI profiling will not be allowed to make healthcare decisions alone, instead ensuring it is used to support human consideration to ensure full compliance with laws and regulations.
What is the Solution?
Shifting all data to a single cloud facility is not necessarily the definitive answer that healthcare services require. Indeed, a hybrid multi-layered model is most likely to be the best solution, with a mix of private and public cloud systems depending on the level of data retention or interaction required. This multi-layered approach offers the greatest flexibility going forward and eliminates fragmented migration to one single cloud, slowing down a healthcare system entirely during the crossover.
The downside to this approach is the potential difficulty in determining where the information a healthcare provider is looking for is stored. In order to avoid this, healthcare systems such as the NHS in the UK or the HSE in Ireland will require intensive training for their staff and reliable, intelligent data retention guidelines to ensure data is saved correctly and securely.
This is why skilled personnel with a robust set of migration protocols must be in place ahead of any migration.
Looking to the Future
Healthcare Providers cannot afford to delay the integration of Cloud Storage and AI any longer. The world population is soaring at an exponential rate, life expectancy averages are rising and health care systems around the world are coming under increasing pressure due to the sheer volume of data that they are required to store. Investment in AI and the cloud will allow hospitals and healthcare providers to treat their patients with the highest level of care as long as it is implemented in the correct manner, and with a unified approach across the entire health care system.