Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 25th March 2020.

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Photo of Lord Taylor of Warwick Lord Taylor of Warwick Non-affiliated

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to use artificial intelligence to analyse lung scans to help diagnose COVID-19.

Photo of Lord Bethell Lord Bethell The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

There are no current plans to use artificial intelligence (AI) to analyse lung scans to diagnose COVID-19.

Most individuals who may contract the virus will not have a chest scan unless they have pre-existing conditions.

NHSX has rapidly established a data and AI team to investigate ways to use artificial intelligence and data to:

- Inform the public and decision makers by providing up to date information and allowing analysis;

- Model the spread of the disease and the impact on interventions using novel data sources;

- Track resources across the medical system to support the efficiency of the response; and

- Help communities to help themselves.

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