A new code of conduct for artificial intelligence and other data-driven technologies will ensure only the best and safest systems are used by the NHS.

The code, which has been drawn up with the help of industry, academics and patient groups, encourages technology companies to meet a gold-standard set of principles to protect patient data to the highest standards.

The code is made up of 10 principles that set out how the Government will make it easier for companies to work with the NHS to develop new technologies and what the NHS expects in return.

The aim is to make it easier for suppliers to develop technologies which tackle some of the biggest issues in healthcare - such as dementia, obesity and cancer – and help health and care providers choose safe, effective, secure technology to improve the services they provide.

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