The UK government has announced the allocation of funding in the amount of 21 million pounds to National Health Service (NHS) trusts.
Trusts can apply for public funds in order to accelerate the implementation of the most promising artificial intelligence tools in British hospitals.
The NHS has previously been at the center of a scandal over AI development activities. In 2017, the British data regulator said that the information exchange partnership between the health service and Google’s DeepMind was contrary to privacy standards. As a result, a class action lawsuit was filed against Google. This procedure ended positively for the technology giant. This year, the court rejected the claim.
New achievements in the field of artificial intelligence have become a kind of motivational factor for the UK. The country is striving to become the main or one of the centers of the AI boom. The United Kingdom holds summits dedicated to the development and dissemination of new-generation technologies. There are also initiatives in the UK that award a million awards for discoveries in the field of artificial intelligence.
In June, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced that AI giants OpenAI, Google DeepMind, and Anthropic should provide early or priority access to all their AI models. According to him, these actions could become a means of supporting research related to assessing the capabilities of advanced technology and determining its level of security.
Currently, the AI Diagnostic Fund operates in the United Kingdom, which provides the most promising visualization and decision support tools using AI for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of cardiovascular system and oncological diseases.
The government has focused on the special effects of artificial intelligence to combat strokes. The relevant tools will be launched before the end of this year. In the UK, artificial intelligence has been used for clinical decision-making for several years. Initially, the corresponding mechanism was launched during the coronavirus pandemic.
Deb Lowe, National Clinical Director for Stroke Medicine at NHS England, says that using software to make decisions using artificial intelligence at the initial stage of stroke minimizes the risk of disability of the patient and provides an opportunity to save the brain.
The British government also plans to use AI to analyze chest X-rays. In this case, it will be possible to detect lung cancer at an early stage. Every year in the UK, more than 35 thousand people die from this disease.
The British Ministry of Health and Social Protection states that trusts can apply for funding for any diagnostic tool with artificial intelligence that they consider the most effective and necessary. At the same time, the application must contain a justification for the feasibility of the offer in terms of price-quality ratio.
As we have reported earlier, Sunak Keeps Up Push to Make UK Leader in AI Regulation.