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NHS to set up national AI lab

The NHS in England is setting up a national artificial intelligence (AI) laboratory to enhance care of patients and research. The Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, said AI had "enormous power" to improve care, save lives and ensure doctors had more time to spend with patients. He has announced £250m will be spent on boosting the role of AI within the health service. 

Clinical trials have proven AIs are as good as leading doctors at spotting lung cancer, skin cancer, and more than 50 eye conditions from scans. This has the potential to let doctors focus on the most urgent cases and rule out those that do not need treatment. Other tools have been developed that can predict ovarian cancer survival rates and help choose which treatment should be given. However, AI will pose new challenges, including protecting patient data.

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Source: BBC News, 8 August 2019


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