Business Secretary announces 5 new technology centres to help save lives

Five new AI medical centres to open across the UK next year

Leeds gets £10m boost for artificial intelligence-led medical technology centre to help speed up disease diagnosis

Five technology centres devoted to medical artificial intelligence will open in the United Kingdom, backed with £50m in government funding, says the government.

"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 time to spend on direct patient care".

The new centres will be based in Leeds, Oxford, Coventry, Glasgow and London, making intelligent image analysis available on the NHS that could potentially lead to better clinical decisions for patients and free up more staff for direct patient care.

According to the United Kingdom government, the products developed at the new centres will provide more personalised treatment for patients while freeing up doctors to spend more time on frontline care.

Five new centres for healthcare AI (artificial intelligence) are set to open next year across the United Kingdom, backed by £50m in government funding.

"AI has the potential to revolutionise healthcare and improve lives for the better", said Business Secretary Greg Clark.

He said it was part of the long-term plan to transform the NHS into "an ecosystem of enterprise and innovation that allows technology to flourish and evolve".

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.

It will have a focus on transformation and value-based healthcare, and how advanced imaging and AI technologies can be used to improve the patient journey. It will bring together clinicians, health planners, and industry to work with SMEs to answer clinical questions and solve healthcare challenges.

"Artificial intelligence has the potential to revolutionise the speed and accuracy of medical diagnosis". The investment in large-scale genomics and image analysis is aimed at improving the understanding of how complex diseases develop, in a proactive step to ensure people get the right treatment at the right time.

The Northern Pathology Imaging Collaborative (NPIC) located in Leeds will create a world-leading centre linking up nine industry partners, eight universities and nine NHS trusts, which will work on faster diagnosis through use of AI and also develop more integrated ways of working across regional clinical pathology services.

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

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