One million anonymised eye scans from Moorfields Eye Hospital will be used to train an artificial intelligence (AI) system from Google.
Machine learning algorithms will scour the images for signs of diseases such as macular degeneration and diabetes-related sight loss. Moorfields is teaming up with Google’s AI division DeepMind during the scheme.
Previously, DeepMind faced criticism over a little-known data sharing agreement with three London hospitals. An agreement to share patient data from the Royal Free, Barnet and Chase Farm hospitals over the past five years and continuing until 2017 was revealed by the New Scientist in May.
In that case, Google said it was analysing kidney data in the hope of developing an app for medical staff.