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Health Secretary to invest £250 million in artificial intelligence

A new National Artificial Intelligence Lab will bring together academics, specialists and technology companies

14 Aug 2019 by Selina Powell

A new national hub to develop artificial intelligence for challenges within healthcare will receive £250 million in Government funding.

The National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Lab will bring together academics, specialists and technology companies to use technology to tackle issues such as early cancer detection, new dementia treatments and more personalised care.

Tasks that will be undertaken by the AI Lab include improving cancer screening by speeding up the results of tests, including mammograms, brain scans, eye scans and heart monitoring.

Predictive models will be used to predict future demand for beds, medicines, devices and surgeries.

The technology will also enable the identification of which patients could be more easily treated in the community, reducing the pressure on the NHS.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that the NHS is “on the cusp of a huge health tech revolution.”

NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens highlighted that AI is now ready for practical applications in healthcare.

“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,” he said.

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