Plans to boost NHS use of AI announced


The Incubator for Artificial Intelligence (i.AI), an elite team of technical experts at the heart of government, and NHS England (NHSE) have signed a first-of-a-kind Collaboration Charter to support the use of AI in the NHS. 

The partnership seeks to empower the NHS workforce to use AI to improve and speed up patient care, and will focus primarily on non-clinical AI solutions; it does not intend to develop new AI-based medical devices and products. The Charter also sets out to draw on the benefits of AI to improve staff experience and drive greater NHS operational efficiency. 

Under the new agreement, specialists from i.AI will work to identify opportunities where technology could be used to support the NHS and deploy responsible AI-driven solutions. 

The Charter was signed by Minister Burghart, Parliamentary Secretary for the Cabinet Office and Lord Markham, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health and Social Care. 

The Charter forms part of the Government’s broader work on AI for the Public Good, as announced by the Deputy Prime Minister Oliver Dowden in a recent speech at Imperial College London. 

The Government’s AI incubator team is working to supercharge the use of cutting-edge technology in the public sector. Since being launched, the team has showcased the benefits of building innovative AI tools in-house.

Collaborating with experts across government offers the opportunity to find even more uses for AI solutions that free-up time and money to reinvest in better services for those who need them.

During the course of this collaborative work, data controllership will remain with the NHS at all times, and i.AI will not have access to identifiable patient data.

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