Five new AI medical centres to open across the United Kingdom next year

Joanna Estrada
November 9, 2018

Based in Leeds, Oxford, Coventry, Glasgow and London, but each with partners spanning the United Kingdom, the centres will develop more intelligent analysis of medical imaging, leading to better clinical decisions for patients, and freeing more staff time for direct patient care in the NHS.

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.

iCAIRD will be a Scottish centre of excellence and focus on the application of AI in digital diagnostics, ultimately enabling better and earlier diagnosis and more efficient treatment for patients.

It is predicted that iCAIRD, which will have other bases around the United Kingdom, will create new jobs centred around AI and digital technology in healthcare.

Partner companies in the Glasgow University-led collaboration - Canon Medical Research Europe and Philips, along with six SMEs - will provide more than £5M of additional funding.

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

"As part of our long-term plan, we will transform the NHS into an ecosystem of enterprise and innovation that allows technology to flourish and evolve".

NCIMI (National Consortium of Intelligent Medical Imaging) in Oxford will consider the role clinical imaging plays in the delivery of more personalised care and earlier diagnosis to support disease prevention and treatment. The investment in large scale genomics and image analysis will drive new understanding of how complex diseases develop, in a proactive step to ensure people get the right treatment at the right time.

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.

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.

"Early diagnosis of illness can greatly increase the chances of successful treatment and save lives".

"Artificial intelligence has the potential to revolutionise the speed and accuracy of medical diagnosis".

The units will be located at NHS facilities and universities, and will help hospitals make scans and biopsy images digital, reducing manual reporting and hopefully freeing up more staff time for patient care.

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