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NHS Gets £36-million Boost for AI Technologies


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Said U.K. Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock, "AI has the potential to completely revolutionize every part of how we approach healthcare, from how we diagnose diseases and the speed at which our doctors and nurses deliver treatments to how we s

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Thousands of patients and staff at the U.K.'s National Health Service (NHS) will benefit from dozens of new pioneering projects awarded a share of £36 million to test state-of-the-art artificial intelligence (AI) technology. The projects will help the NHS to transform the quality of care and the speed of diagnoses for conditions such as lung cancer.

At CogX Festival today last week, U.K. Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock announced the winners of the second wave of the NHS AI Lab's AI in Health and Care Award. The 38 projects backed by NHSX — a joint unit of NHS England and the Department of Health and Social Care and Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC) — include:

  • An AI-guided tool to help doctors and nurses to diagnose heart attacks more accurately
  • An algorithm to fast-track the detection of lung cancer
  • An AI-powered mental health app to help tackle symptoms of anxiety and depression while also identifying people experiencing severe mental health difficulties
  • Technology to help spot undiagnosed spinal fractures
  • Already more than 17,000 stroke patients and more than 25,000 patients with diabetes or high blood pressure have benefited from the first round of the AI in Health and Care Award since September, where £50 million was given to 42 AI technologies.

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