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Government pins hopes on £250m AI centre for faster diagnosis and treatment

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l5106 (Published 09 August 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5106
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. London

Around £250m is to be invested in setting up a new centre for artificial intelligence for the NHS in England that promises to help doctors identify and treat disease more rapidly and effectively.

The health and social care secretary, Matt Hancock, announced on 8 August plans to invest in a “National Artificial Intelligence Lab,” housed within NHSX, the organisation that oversees the digitisation of the health service.

However, health experts have warned that such technology must be properly evaluated and standards agreed before being adopted widely, to ensure it is effective and doesn’t lead to potential harm, and that NHS staff are fully equipped with the necessary digital skills to make use of it.

The new centre …

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