Open to the Future
NHS diagnostics must embrace unprecedented openness if AI is to work
Jane Rendall | | Opinion
There is no way any one vendor could ever hope to develop even a fraction of the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) in diagnosing illnesses. It might sound strange for a representative of a UK National Health Service (NHS) diagnostic technology provider to start an opinion piece by saying what such a provider can’t do, but this is a reality that all technology vendors face – and must act on if the NHS is to realize the new “tech vision” the UK’s health secretary launched in October 2018. The Department of Health and Social Care’s vision argues that artificial intelligence has “huge potential to improve diagnosis.” This is absolutely true, but that potential will only be realized if another key facet of the same tech vision – interoperability – extends to the “ologies,” and to the imaging technology on which they rely.
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