NHS aims to be world leader in artificial intelligence within 5 years

The Chief Executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens, has announced a ‘global call for evidence’ on how the NHS can best incentivise the use of artificial intelligence (AI) on the NHS.

According to the announcement, AI has the potential to speed up the diagnosis of diseases such as cancer, and could also revolutionise outpatient services.

“We are seeing an artificial intelligence revolution that will be a big part of our future over the next five years, with technologies that can cut the time patients wait for scan results and ease the burden on hard working staff.

“We want the NHS to be first out of the blocks, so from April next year we propose to change the way we fund care so that NHS organisations who invest in this world-leading technology will be properly rewarded for doing so.

“We’re therefore kicking off a global ‘call for evidence’ for NHS staff and technology innovators to come forward with their best ideas for how we should adjust our financial frameworks to best incentivise the use of safe and evidence-based AI and machine learning technologies across the NHS.” – Simon Stevens, Chief Executive NHS England

It has been suggested that exploiting AI could help make up to 30 million outpatient appointments unnecessary which could save up to £1 billion.

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Published on 11. June 2019 in News, News UK