New search begins for AI tools to save lives and improve care

New search begins for AI tools to save lives and improve care

Posted on October 23

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A second competition for artificial intelligence technologies to receive funding through the AI in Health and Care Award will open on 3 November.

Technology companies, researchers and developers will be able to apply for help to develop and test AI products which meet the strategic aims set out in the NHS Long Term Plan. The award forms part of the NHS AI Lab and is managed by the Accelerated Access Collaborative in partnership with NHSX and the National Institute for Health Research.

The NHS is committed to becoming a world leader in the use of AI and machine learning and harness the benefits, from faster and more personalised diagnosis to potential efficiencies in screening services or referrals from to secondary care.

In September, the results of the first round of the £140m AI in Health and Care Award were announced, with 42 awards made, sharing £54m. They included machine-learning algorithms to analyse breast cancer screening scans, AI tools to predict the risk of heart disease, AI powered apps that turn a smartphone into a clinical grade medical device and a wearable patch to detect irregular heartbeats.

For more information, visit the AAC website. The competition will close on 8 December.

The NHS AI Lab has also launched a new AI Virtual Hub on the Future NHS Platform to provide a space for collaboration and shared expertise. By working together with the AI community, NHSX aims to accelerate the safe and effective adoption of AI in health and care and support the most promising AI technologies that meet the needs of patients and the workforce.

By joining the AI Virtual Hub, members will benefit from:
- Discussion forums to share ideas, challenges and success stories with the AI community
- The latest updates and developments from the NHS AI Lab team
- Useful AI resources and exclusive virtual events with AI leaders and innovators
- Best practice information and advice on safely developing and implementing AI
- Access the AI Awards in Health and Care webinars and resources

Anyone can register their interest by signing up here.