UK’s Department of Health and Social Care says the lab will bring together academics, specialists and technology companies to work on the biggest challenges in health and care.
The UK government has pledged £250m for the NHS to set up the National Artificial Intelligence Lab to enhance patient care, deliver quicker screening results and tackle a range of other major challenges in health and care.
The AI Lab will sit within NHSX, a new wing of the health service that will oversee the digitisation of the health and care system, in partnership with the Accelerated Access Collaborative.
AI is already being developed in some hospitals, successfully predicting cancer survival rates and cutting the number of missed appointments.
Matt Hancock, health secretary, said the NHS was “on the cusp of a huge health tech revolution that could transform patient experience by making the NHS a truly predictive, preventive and personalised health and care service”.
In the new lab, academics, specialists and technology companies will work on some of the biggest challenges in health and care, including earlier cancer detection, new dementia treatments and more personalised care.
“New NHS AI lab will ensure the benefits of NHS data and innovation are fully harnessed for patients in this country”
According to the Government, the AI Lab’s work could:
“Carefully targeted AI is now ready for practical application in health services, and the investment announced today is another step in the right direction to help the NHS become a world leader in using these important technologies,” added Simon Stevens, chief executive, NHS England.
He continued: “In the first instance it should help personalise NHS screening and treatments for cancer, eye disease and a range of other conditions, as well as freeing up staff time, and our new NHS AI lab will ensure the benefits of NHS data and innovation are fully harnessed for patients in this country.”
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