Comment Blog 11 January, 2018

Thinking on its own: AI in the NHS

Healthcare in the UK needs reform if it is to remain a high-quality national health service free at the point of care. Recently, attention has turned to the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare to help deliver an NHS fit for the future. Both the Life Sciences Industrial Strategy and the Government’s review, Growing the Artificial Intelligence Industry in the UK, highlight the great potential of AI in healthcare.

The NHS has, however, had a history of difficulties in realising the benefits of technology, as it has often “been layered on top of existing structures.”  For this reason, it is crucial to understand what AI can do to help reform the NHS and the challenges that will have to be tackled to fully reap the benefits of this technology.

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