NHS England and the Department of Health and Social Care have published a code of conduct for use when developing data-driven innovations.

The code is designed to recognise that, while data-driven health and care technologies will undoubtedly deliver huge benefits to patients, clinicians, carers, service users and the system as a whole, NHS England and central government have a duty to capitalise on these opportunities responsibly.

This recognises that if we do not think about issues such as transparency, accountability, liability, explicability, fairness, justice and bias, it is also possible that the increasing use of data-driven technologies, including AI, within the health and care system could cause unintended harm.