The deployment of an AI diagnostic tool by the UK’s NHS for stroke victims has led to a tripling of recovery and treatment times.
The deployment of an AI diagnostic system for stroke victims by the UK’s National Health Service has led to remarkable results in its first year of operation, as networks using the technology report an increase in patients recovering from the condition, and a reduction in time to determine the best treatment. .
Brainomix developed the e-Stroke system as a tool to support doctors, providing them with real-time analysis of brain scans and information on the appropriate treatment to provide to the patient. This improvement in the speed of diagnosis and treatment options gives doctors and other medical staff more clinical time.
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“Every minute saved during the initial hospital assessment of people with stroke-like symptoms can significantly improve a patient’s chance of leaving hospital in good health,” said NHS England’s director of transformation, Dr. Timothy Ferris. “The NHS is harnessing the power of AI to support specialist staff in delivering life-changing care for patients with a wide range of needs, and through the AI for Health and Care Awards we are exploring, testing and supporting the most promising technologies to transform the way we deliver care.”
With the e-Stroke tool, technicians are able to view scans from remote locations and provide feedback to doctors on the ground, improving diagnostic speed. This also ensures that patients receive high quality specialist care from doctors working in these stroke networks.
“The Brainomix eStroke platform has become the cornerstone of an integrated stroke delivery network to deliver best-in-class stroke care,” said Riaz Rahman, vice president of global healthcare at Brainomix. “We have compiled many examples of strong evidence, covering several networks, that confirm the use of e-Stroke helps to deliver consistent treatment decisions and faster patient referrals. This is very important in a very sensitive way.”
Brainomix received funding to develop and deliver this tool from the first round of the AI in Health and Care Award, a £123 million ($150 million) fund funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research, Accelerated Access Collaboration at the NHS. England, and the NHS AI Lab.
The deployment of AI in the UK health service is controversial, due to some disagreements about data collection and ownership, however, the NHS and the government have worked over the past few years to ensure that health data on UK citizens remains private and on UK servers.
“AI has the potential to transform our NHS – delivering faster, more accurate diagnoses and ensuring patients can get the treatment they need, when they need it,” said Health and Social Care Secretary, Steve Barclay. “Brainomix is a great example of how this can be achieved, using the power of AI to shave life-saving minutes off the most critical medical diagnoses meaning patients get the treatment they need faster.”