£10m uni health boost

Re­searchers cham­pion new ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence project

Evening Express (City Final) - - Real Life - BY CRAIG PA­TON

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

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