A £140m fund is supporting promising AI technologies in the NHS. Intelligent automation projects are a great place to start
The opportunity presented by AI to improve patient outcomes in healthcare can't be underestimated. AI can be applied in a huge range of both clinical and non-clinical settings in healthcare, from managing clinical pathways to easing the burden on administrative teams.
This potential is recognised by the Artificial Intelligence in Health and Care Award - a programme from the NHS AI Lab at NHSX. It promises £140m worth of funding over four years to increase the impact of AI systems in solving both clinical and operational challenges across the NHS.
Since the scheme launched in September 2020 two rounds of awards have been announced.
A third round of funding is now open, with the deadline for applications Tuesday 7th September 2021.
How can we help?
The fact that there are so many possible applications of AI, and the fast rate at which the technology is evolving, can make it a daunting prospect for NHS institutions to undertake. Even when health or social care organisations have successfully implemented AI solutions in the past, they may be unsure of where to focus future innovations.
This is where we can help.
Intelligent automation goes hand in hand with many AI projects. As the name suggests, the technology is now able to mimic human decision-making, meaning that it can be applied to both structured and unstructured processes in the NHS to improve operational efficiency.
We know first-hand the difference intelligent automation can make in healthcare, having partnered with Trusts to automate prescriptions, GP referrals, covid reporting, and more – saving staff time and ultimately improving the patient experience.
Our intelligent automation team can help you identify processes suitable for automation within your organisation, including those areas likely to provide the greatest return on time or costs saved. We can also help you benefit from intelligent automation to streamline your organisational data in preparation for future AI projects. Organising and structuring data is a key stepping stone to any initiative involving AI, with automation a critical tool in laying the foundations for success.
All of these tasks come under the remit of the Artificial Intelligence in Health and Care Award. With a wealth of resources and experience helping applicants secure funding, we can support you with writing your automation business case and in your application for the award.
More information on the Artificial Intelligence in Health and Care Award, including details of how to apply, can be found on the NHS AI Virtual Hub.
If you'd like to find out more about how we could help, contact us to speak to a member of our team and we'll be happy to discuss your needs.