Government banks on AI to speed up NHS treatment

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The Government has revealed plans to invest £50m in five technology centres of excellence across the UK that will explore advances in medical artificial intelligence, aimed at improving patient care and speeding up diagnosis.

The centres are a part of the Government's Industrial Strategy and will be based in Leeds, Oxford, Coventry, Glasgow and London, but will work with other partners around the country.

They will bring together doctors, businesses and academics to develop products that use advances in digital technology to improve early diagnosis of diseases such as cancer. GE Healthcare, Siemens, Philips, Leica, Canon and Roche Diagnostics are supporting the initiative.

The products developed at the new centres will offer more personalised treatment for patients while freeing up doctors to spend more time caring for patients. By investing in large-scale genomics and image analysis, the centres hope to uncover a greater understanding of how complex diseases develop.

Business Secretary Greg Clark said: "AI has the potential to revolutionise healthcare and improve lives for the better. That's why our 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."

Health secretary Matt Hancock said that technologies such as AI will transform the organisation. "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, we will transform the NHS into an ecosystem of enterprise and innovation that allows technology to flourish and evolve."