£10m uni health boost
Researchers champion new artificial intelligence project
CITY academics are to be part of a new £15.8 million artificial intelligence health research centre.
A £10m funding boost was announced yesterday for the Industrial Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research in Digital Diagnostics (ICAIRD) by Greg Clark, UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
The investment is part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund and it is hoped the technology will take the strain off medical workers.
Professor Corri Black, from Aberdeen Centre for Health Data Science at Aberdeen University, said artificial intelligence (AI) could revolutionise the work undertaken in radiology and pathology.
Centred at Glasgow University’s Clinical Innovation Zone at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, ICAIRD will bring together a number of academic institutions, NHS boards and private companies across Scotland to create AI systems that provide a better and diagnosis.
The system will allow technology to review X-rays of patients, a process which usually involves two radiographers.
Professor Black said: “The announcement is a great thing for the north-east and it’s a great thing for Scotland.
“In this funding, the focus is on using artificial intelligence and computer systems to support decision-making.
“It’s not about replacing clinicians, it’s about providing the support to them that can speed up that pathway.
“It should be as accurate, if not more accurate, than we have now – which is usually two humans doing the same thing.”
Jeane Freeman, Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, said: “Innovation and technology is an absolutely essential part of our efforts to get quicker and more accurate diagnosis, improved treatment and better outcomes for patients.” faster