Medical News The NHS is setting up a lab for medical artificial intelligence

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By Michael Le Page

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The National Health Service in England is setting up a research lab to build artificial intelligence that could help treat conditions including cancer, dementia and heart disease, the Department of Health has announced.
The AI lab could help tackle some of the biggest challenges facing the NHS, including improving cancer screening, identifying patients most at risk of dementia or heart disease, and automating admin tasks, giving medical professionals more time with patients. The NHS will receive £250 million for the project.

“We are on the cusp of a huge health tech revolution that could transform patient experience by making the NHS a truly predictive, preventive and personalised health and care service,” says Health Secretary Matt Hancock.
Though medical AIs have shown much promise, few have been through rigorous clinical trials to show that they really will improve outcomes for patients.

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