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New AI centres ‘set to revolutionise’ UK healthcare

Five new AI (artificial intelligence) centres are set to open next year across the UK, backed by £50m in government funding, the site announced on Tuesday.

The centres will be based at universities, and NHS facilities in London, Glasgow, Oxford, Leeds and Coventry and are expected to be up and running at some point next year.

The new centres will develop products aimed at offering more personalised treatment for patients while allowing doctors to spend more time caring for patients.

Business secretary Greg Clark, said: “AI has the potential to revolutionise healthcare and improve lives for the better.

“That’s why our modern Industrial Strategy puts pioneering technologies at the heart of our plans to build a Britain fit for the future.

“The innovation at these new centres will help diagnose disease earlier to give people more options when it comes to their treatment, and make reporting more efficient, freeing up time for our much-admired NHS staff time to spend on direct patient care.”

The centres will be funded through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, the government’s investment programme focusing on opportunities and challenges of the future. They will be supported by some of the UK’s leading medical companies including GE Healthcare, Siemens, Philips, Leica, Canon and Roche Diagnostics.

Commenting on the news, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “Artificial intelligence will play a crucial role in the future of the NHS – and we need to embrace it by introducing systems which can speed up diagnoses, improve patient outcomes, make every pound go further and give clinicians more time with their patients.

“As part of our long-term plan,” he added, “we will transform the NHS into an ecosystem of enterprise and innovation that allows technology to flourish and evolve.”

AI is changing deeply the healthcare landscape in the UK and around the world. Machine learning technologies have recently being used to slash waiting times at London hospitals earlier this year,  predicting heart disease rates more efficiently than doctors and used to build a new radiotherapy suite to treat cancer.


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