Oct 29, 2019
UK Health Secretary announces £250 million investment in artificial intelligence
The Artificial Intelligence Lab will bring together the industry's best academics, specialists, and technology companies to work on some of the biggest challenges in health and care, including earlier cancer detection, new dementia treatments, and more personalized care.

Artificial Intelligence is already being developed in some hospitals, successfully predicting cancer survival rates and cutting the number of missed appointments.

The Artificial Intelligence Lab's work could:
  • Improve cancer screening by speeding up the results of tests, including mammograms, brain scans, eye scans, and heart monitoring;
  • Use predictive models to better estimate future needs of beds, drugs, devices or surgeries;
  • Identify which patients could be more easily treated in the community, reducing the pressure on the nhs and helping patients receive treatment closer to home;
  • Identify patients most at risk of diseases such as heart disease or dementia, allowing for earlier diagnosis and cheaper, more focused, personalized prevention;
  • Build systems to detect people at risk of postoperative complications, infections or requiring follow-up from clinicians, improving patient safety and reducing readmission rates;
  • Upskill the NHS workforce so they can use artificial intelligence systems for day-to-day tasks;
  • Inspect algorithms already used by the NHS to increase the standards of artificial intelligence safety, making systems fairer, more robust and ensuring patient confidentiality is protected;
  • Automate routine admin tasks to free up clinicians so more time can be spent with patients.

The lab will sit within NHSX, the new organization that will oversee the digitization of the health and care system, in partnership with the Accelerated Access Collaborative.

The investment will support the ambitions in the NHS Long Term Plan, which includes pledges to use artificial intelligence to help clinicians eliminate variations in care.

See the full details here.

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