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UK Government To Spend £36m on AI Diagnostics For The NHS

Sun Jun 20 2021

All £36m will go to AI Research Projects as chosen by the NHS’s AI Lab’s Award Programme

The UK Government have just announced £36m worth of funding for the NHS to go to Artificial Intelligence (AI) projects that they hope will revolutionise diagnostics and long term care in the NHS.  

 

The funding will be distributed amongst 38 new AI research projects that have all been selected due to their status as winners of the second round of funding for a wider £140m initiative under the auspices of the NHS’s AI Lab's AI in Health and Care Award programme that was launched in January of last year.

The 38 winners were announced by Matt Hancock, Health and Social Care Secretary, last week.

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Too many good ideas in the NHS never make it past the pilot stage. NHS Improvement estimate that it takes 17 years on average for a new product or device to go from successful clinical trial to mainstream adoption. Seventeen years. That is far too long. We need a culture that rewards and incentivises adoption as well as invention.

Matt Hancock - Health and Social Care Secretary

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The first round of funding was given out in September of last year to AI 42 AI technologies that focussed on the diagnosis of strokes and diabetes, with the hope that the full £140m will be distributed in the next three years.

 

The 38 projects in this round of funding include an advanced algorithm from BeholdAI that can fast-track the detection of lung cancer, another cancer detection tool form Paige Prostate that can help medical practitioners spot cancers in digital images, a Wysa AI chatbot app that can identify anxiety and depression in patients, a Bone Health solution from Zebra Medical that can identify spinal fractures in CT scans and an AI-guided tool that helps doctors diagnose heart attacks much earlier and more accurately than was previously possible.

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Through our NHS AI Lab we're now backing a new generation of ground-breaking but practical solutions to some of the biggest challenges in healthcare. Precision cancer diagnosis, accurate surgery, and new ways of offering mental health support are just a few of the promising real world patient benefits

Sir Simon Stevens - Chief Executive, NHS England

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