Health secretary Matt Hancock has announced a £250m investment in artificial intelligence with the creation of a new National Artificial Intelligence Lab.
The government hopes the AI Lab will bring together the industry’s best academics, specialists and technology companies to work on some of the biggest challenges in health and care, including earlier cancer detection, new dementia treatments and more personalised care.
It will sit within NHSX, the organisation overseeing the digitisation of the health and care system, in partnership with the Accelerated Access Collaborative.
Simon Stevens, NHS England chief executive, said: “Carefully targeted AI is now ready for practical application in health services, and the investment announced today is another step in the right direction to help the NHS become a world leader in using these important technologies.
“In the first instance it should help personalise NHS screening and treatments for cancer, eye disease and a range of other conditions, as well as freeing up staff time, and our new NHS AI Lab will ensure the benefits of NHS data and innovation are fully harnessed for patients in this country.”