BY DANNY BUCKLAND
In spite of mixed feelings among NHS workers, the government says artificial intelligence could transform and future-proof healthcare in the UK
The transformative promise of artificial intelligence in medicine is taking giant strides towards reshaping healthcare and future-proofing the health service against the onslaught of needs from an ageing demographic. The government says AI could reduce cancer rates by 10 per cent, saving 20,000 lives a year by 2033, while its widespread adoption could free up an estimated £12.5 billion a year in NHS staff time.
1. Revolutionising the patient experience
The acclaimed children’s hospital in central London, Great Ormond Street Hospital, is embracing artificial intelligence in medicine across its services with a range of initiatives, from a so-called Minecraft programme for patients to explore facilities before admission to using chipped sensors in airway clearance devices for cystic fibrosis patients.
Its DRIVE (digital, research, informatics and virtual environments) unit is already collaborating with Microsoft, Arm, Barclays, NHS Digital, NTT DATA and Samsung.
The hospital is also benefiting from innovative projects devised by computer science teams at University College London. Neil Sebire, professor of pathology at UCL and chief research information officer at Great Ormond Street, says: “This powerful partnership between the hospital, UCL and Microsoft is a potential game-changer for healthcare.
“It brings together academic clinical and computer science expertise to be leveraged by the capabilities of Microsoft with the singular aim of improving healthcare for children.
“Microsoft’s AI tools, platforms and emphasis on security and ethics will empower Great Ormond Street Hospital to help even more children and young people to fulfil their potential.”