Mr. Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the UK has pledged to invest 250 £ Mn (303.4 US$ Mn) for NHS artificial intelligence. According to the PM, the NHS is admiration for its every day high-class care – a precious institution that shows the best of Britain. The PM added, “My task is to ensure that NHS has the fund to make a real impact on the lives of hospital staffs and patients. Transforming healthcare through artificial intelligence is a perfect illustration.” Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a field of computer science which emphasizes the theory and development of intelligent machines in order to react and work like human beings. It is being used in some hospitals to predict cancer survival rates and other purposes.
According to Health Secretary Matt Hancock, the money will be invested for the National Artificial Intelligence Lab in order to solve the challenges faced by the NHS. This will help to detect cancer, new dementia treatments, and personalized care. This will also support the NHS to become a global leader in AI and health research. According to the government, the lab will be built in the new wing NHS X of health service. The new organization NHS X in collaboration with the Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC) will supervise digitization of the health and care service. The lab will manage the digitization of the health and care service by bringing experts, academics, and technology companies together and free the staff to take care of patients.
The Chief Executive of NHS X, Mr. Matthew Gould said that the investment gets the NHS ready for the AI revolution which means that the doctors can identify the disease and treat in a faster and more effective way. At NHS X, the focus is on developing practical AI tools in order to make a real difference. The news came after the recent announcement related to the investment of 1.8 £ Bn or 2.2 US$ Bn for infrastructure projects and hospital upgrades. Also, the proposals for addressing doctor’s pension issues so that clinicians can take extra shifts and reduce waiting times.