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Israel Nears Milestone on Use of Health Data for AI Research

July 29, 2019, 6:00 AM

Israel’s health ministry is close to putting out rules that will allow researchers to use a database of nine million encrypted health records to develop artificial intelligence tools designed to improve medical diagnostics.

Regulations on using, storing, and protecting the data are due out—and would take immediate effect—"within months,” Ofir Marer, head of policy and regulation in the Israeli Ministry of Health’s digital health department, said. He declined to be more specific.

The five-year, 922 million-shekel ($258 million) project will create one of the world’s richest, deepest, and most accessible digital health databanks for commercial and academic research, Marer said. ...