$300M Infused into new Artificial Intelligence Research Unit at National Health Service

Aug 10, 2019 | AI, Clinical Research, Digital Health, Health Care, NHS

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Thanks to $300 million investment, National Health Service England is launching an artificial intelligence-driven research lab to drive transformative research covering cancer, dementia and heart disease reports the Department of Health.

With hopes that some of the toughest healthcare challenges can be tackled, the teams plan to leverage AI to drive improvements in cancer screening, dementia, and cardiovascular patient identification and care not to mention a workstream focusing on the automation of administrative tasks in healthcare delivery and medical research. The NHS will receive £250 for the project reports the New Scientist.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock commented, “We are on the cusp of a huge health tech revolution that could transform patient experience by making the NHS a truly predictive and personalized health and care service.”

Artificial intelligence programs will increasingly be used to diagnose various patient conditions—in fact, in some cases, it can perform better than actual people. However few have been through rigorous clinical trials and the NHS capital infusion may go towards changing that.


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