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National survey on AI in health and social care

Posted: 29th May 2018

Individuals and organisations working across health and social care are being asked to take part in a national survey to determine how AI (Artificial Intelligence) can be harnessed within the NHS and in preventative health settings.

The Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) Network Initiative on Artificial Intelligence is bringing together leaders with diverse perspectives on AI from clinical, technological, legal and ethical areas, as well as practical on-the-ground experience from innovators in the NHS and in preventative health

Members are drawn from a wide field, including academia, industry, the public sector and the third sector, including citizen groups.

The project’s aim is to drive innovation and adoption of AI technology throughout the NHS and social care- improving care at less cost and promoting healthier lifestyles.

The first stage in the process is to create a directory and interactive map of where AI exists and where the compelling use cases are in health and care.

Guy Boersma, Managing Director of Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network (KSS AHSN), is heading the initiative. He urged anyone involved or interested in AI within health and social care as well as preventative health to take part in the initial mapping survey:

“AI can offer huge potential to improve care and cut costs within the NHS. This exciting new initiative will shape how AI is used. As our starting point we’re keen to develop an understanding of how AI is being used today, and where any gaps are.

“The survey will allow us to understand the major barriers and enablers to AI, and this information will be vital in helping us to inform future policy, organisational delivery and funding.”

With an initial focus on the use of AI in diagnostics, the project’s aim is to create a user-led ecosystem of experts and innovators in data and artificial intelligence who will drive innovation and adoption of AI technology throughout the NHS and social care, and eventually in preventative health.

The survey runs until 15 June and can be found at