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Tang emphasises that the main benefits of using data and analytics for the NHS are better decision making, and being able to plan more. ‘We will start thinking about where we need capacity. How can we be more proactive in managing issues? If we have another pandemic on top of Winter, we will have patterns that we can compare and contrast, which we then can apply to machine learning to forecast.’
Artificial intelligence capable of spotting deadly diseases like cancer is to receive a £50 million funding boost in a bid to speed up diagnosis times.
The extra cash is being awarded to three specialist centres based in Coventry, Leeds and London, delivering digital upgrades to pathology and imaging services across an additional 38 NHS trusts, the Department of Health and Social Care (DoH) said.
Predictive analytics is being rolled out across the NHS in a bid to help hospitals forecast coronavirus and direct resources where they are needed most.
The new Joint Biosecurity Centre is being asked to give the NHS locally advance warnings of any uptick in coronavirus admissions with the support of a machine learning-powered tool.
A new deal with Microsoft to supply its cloud-based digital tools to hospitals and medical services across England will save hundreds of millions of pounds, the NHS has said.
As many as 1.2 million staff across the NHS will gain access to the tech giant’s productivity and collaboration apps, in a move designed to ease the administrative burden on doctors and nurses.
The health service said the move will create a “truly joined-up NHS”, allowing various organisations within the system to work more seamlessly together.
The NHS has been increasingly targeted by cyber attacks since the coronavirus outbreak, the director of GCHQ has said.
Jeremy Fleming told the Cheltenham Science Festival that GCHQ’s cybersecurity arm, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), had been supporting the health sector after it had been targeted by hackers.