Five new medical technology centres are set to open in the UK next year which will use artificial intelligence to speed up disease diagnosis.
The clinics will be built in Leeds, Oxford, Coventry, Glasgow and London with funding from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. It is part of the Government’s drive to use AI to improve healthcare and treatments.
The centres will have software that will digitise scans and biopsies as well as tools that should help speed up the process of conducting early diagnosis.
The new clinics are planned to open in 2019 and will be based at universities and NHS facilities. In total the centres will cost £50m.
One of the centres, the London Medical Imaging and Artificial Intelligence Centre for Value-Based Healthcare, will use AI pattern recognition software to detect anomalies in scans with the aim of helping to carry out earlier diagnosis.
Business Secretary Greg Clark said the new centres should free up more time for NHS staff to spend on direct patient care.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “Artificial intelligence will play a crucial role in the future of the NHS and we need to embrace it by introducing systems which can speed up diagnoses, improve patient outcomes, make every pound go further and give clinicians more time with their patients.
“As part of our long-term plan, we will transform the NHS into an ecosystem of enterprise and innovation that allows technology to flourish and evolve.”