Oxford University wins £17.5m for AI medical centre

Donna Miller
November 9, 2018

The London Medical Imaging & Artificial Intelligence Centre for Value-Based Healthcare will train sophisticated artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms from NHS medical images and patient data, to create tools that will help clinicians speed up and improve diagnosis and care across a number of patient pathways including dementia, heart failure and cancer.

"The innovation at these new centres will help diagnose disease earlier to give people more options when it comes to their treatment, and make reporting more efficient, freeing up time for our much-admired NHS staff to spend on direct patient care". Early diagnosis of diseases ranging from cancer to Alzheimer's can dramatically improve the care that patients receive and potentially lead to new treatments.

The new centres will use the latest advances in digital technology to speed up diagnoses of disease and develop more intelligent analysis of medical imaging.

Glasgow's I-CAIRD (Industrial Centre for AI Research in Digital Diagnostics).

Earlier this year, a new AI facility opened at the government-funded Rosalind Franklin Institute (RFI) in Harwell, Oxfordshire, to investigate how AI can be combined with robotics to tease out new biological pathways and discover new diagnostics and drugs. They will be spearheaded by some of the UK's leading healthcare companies including GE Healthcare, Siemens, and Philips.

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock said AI "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".

The Industrial Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research in Digital Diagnostics, to be known as iCAIRD, brings together a pan-Scotland collaboration of 15 partners from academia, the NHS, and industry.

Making use of the capability of modern computers to process the large amounts of data gathered in NHS healthcare clinics, iCAIRD will also allow clinicians, health planners and industry to work together and ultimately solve healthcare challenges more quickly and efficiently, and in a way that completely protects patients' identities.

The Pathology image data Lake for Analytics, Knowledge and Education (PathLAKE), Coventry: this centre will use NHS pathology data to drive economic growth in health-related AI.

Dr Yvette Oade, chief medical officer at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, said it was a "huge opportunity" for Yorkshire to become a leader in medical use of AI, adding: "This is a really exciting step for patients because computers using artificial intelligence can be trained to recognise the patterns of disease".

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