Four organisations are suing NHS England over the legality of its Federated Data Platform (FDP), designed to allow easier sharing of patient information to improve care. NHS England contracted US firm, Palantir, to establish and operate the FDP. Critics argue that the government must seek parliamentary approval for the FDP, and its set-up may lead to breaches of sensitive patient data. NHS England claims that the platform will only use legally collected data to support patient care.
The recent cyber attack on Change Healthcare disrupted healthcare operations and impacted around a third of US patient records. The American Hospital Association, UnitedHealth Group