The National Health Service (NHS) England has entered a partnership with Incubator for Artificial Intelligence (i.AI) to incorporate AI into the public healthcare system to enhance patient care.  

In this regard, the parties signed a collaboration charter during a meeting in Westminster.  

Established by the UK Government, i.AI is a team of technical experts with a mission to use AI to enhance the delivery of various public services. 

The latest agreement aims to strengthen the NHS workforce by utilising AI to expedite and enhance the delivery of patient services. 

It will also help in improving staff experiences and the overall operational efficiency of the NHS. 

As per the collaboration charter, i.AI specialists will work on identifying and implementing AI-powered solutions responsibly within the NHS framework.  

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This collaborative initiative is part of the government’s broader strategy to use AI technology for the ‘public good’, which was highlighted in UK Deputy Prime Minister Oliver Dowden’s recent speech at Imperial College London.  

The government’s AI incubator team has been active in promoting the adoption of advanced technology across the public sector, demonstrating the advantages of developing innovative AI tools internally. 

Notably, the charter’s focus is on non-clinical AI solutions, and it does not aim to create new AI-based medical devices and products.  

Throughout this partnership, the NHS will maintain data controllership, ensuring that i.AI will not gain access to identifiable patient data. 

UK Department of Health and Social Care state parliamentary undersecretary Lord Markham said: “This charter will help roll out innovative AI technologies across the NHS, speeding up tasks to allow clinicians to spend more time with patients.  

“AI is already transforming the way we deliver healthcare – halving treatment times for stroke patients, making it easier to book GP appointments, and boosting productivity.” 

NHE England Transformation interim national director Vin Diwakar added: “Collaborating with experts across government offers the opportunity to find even more uses for AI solutions that free up time and money to reinvest in better services for those who need them.”