AI diagnostics receive funding boost

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has announced a £50 million investment to improve the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in diagnosing conditions such as cancer.

Diagnostic ‘centres of excellence’ were launched in 2018, and will now gain funding to upgrade their capabilities in pathology, radiology, and other areas.

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said:

“Technology is a force for good in our fight against the deadliest diseases – it can transform and save lives through faster diagnosis, free up clinicians to spend time with their patients and make every pound in the NHS go further.

“I am determined we do all we can to save lives by spotting cancer sooner. Bringing the benefits of artificial intelligence to the frontline of our health service with this funding is another step in that mission. We can support doctors to improve the care we provide and make Britain a world-leader in this field.

“The NHS is open and I urge anyone who suspects they have symptoms to book an appointment with their GP as soon as possible to benefit from our excellent diagnostics and treatments.”

Read the DHSC press release for more information.

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Published 2. September 2020 in News, News UK, Press Release