Intensive Care: Artificial Intelligence

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered at on 28 November 2023.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Labour/Co-operative, York Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she has made an assessment of the potential merits of using AI to generate treatment formulation in acute care settings.

Photo of Andrew Stephenson Andrew Stephenson Assistant Whip, Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The Department is funding the AI in Health and Care Award. This has provided £123 million to 86 artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to test and evaluate some of the most promising AI technologies likely to meet the aims set out in the NHS Long Term Plan. Some of these trials are testing the effectiveness of AI technologies that could assist clinicians with treatment formulation. The evidence generated could lead to the rapid adoption of these technologies.

AI technologies that assist clinicians in developing treatment plans for stroke patients are already proving to be effective. They have been shown to half the time it takes for stroke patients to receive treatment and triple the number of stroke patients living independently following a stroke. These tools are currently deployed in 92% of stroke units in England.

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