NHS draws plans to launch National AI lab

National AI lab

Recent reports suggest that the NHS is drawing plans to launch a national artificial intelligence laboratory in order to enhance research and care for patients. According to Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, the AI has an ‘enormous power’ to enhance care and to improve lives, in addition to the assurance that doctors had more time to spend with patients. In connection to the new plan, Hancock announced spending of £250m which will further augment the role of AI within the parameters of health care services.

Many advantages of advanced computer software is that it is revolutionizing the field of medicine by providing services in diagnostics, in gaining new insights and by improving the overall administration of hospitals.

Moreover, with the help of AI algorithms medical imaging has become more accurate and precise. AI has been used for clinical trials with the efficiency of doctors in discovering skin cancer, lung cancer, and more than 50 eye conditions, purely on the basis of scans.

As a result, AI has helped doctors to focus more concretely on urgent medical emergencies. With the help of AI tools, diagnosing ovarian survival rates has also become possible, in addition to choosing help for a suitable treatment for the illness.

“The power of artificial intelligence to improve medicine, to save lives, to improve the way treatments are done, that power is enormous,” reported Hancock.

“In this country, we’ve got the opportunity to be one of the leading countries in the world at using this new technology.”

Hancock added that he wants NHS to screen new insights by means of AI and thus help in saving lives.

Experts however also believe that the advent of AI in healthcare services can pose new challenges in safeguarding patient data. Moreover, introduction to AI will also mean extra training for staff in the field of cyber security to maintain patient confidentiality.

Previous incidence in May 2017 also highlights the case of a cyber-attack that hampered the organization’s functioning and GP appointments.