Opinion: NHSX Will Scale Finite Number Of AI Successes And Avoid Monoculture
UK health care is on the road to AI adoption. It may be a long journey to full implementation, even if the direction of travel is clear, says NHSX chief executive Matthew Gould.
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The UK election result allowed newly-reinstalled prime minister Johnson to tinker with his cabinet. Surviving the small reshuffle was health secretary Matt Hancock, who wasted no time in setting out 2020 plans to support the digitally-enabled NHS of the future.
Less than 2% of NHS England’s budget is spent on digital technology, compared with 4-5% in other industries, NHS chief information officer Dr. Simon Eccles told delegates at the NHS Health and Care Innovation Expo 2019 this week. But the new NHS AI Lab is seen as a big step in the right direction.
As health care transitions to digitally enabled wellness, medtechs will be missing a trick if they persist in holding onto the delivery, business methods and models that were the standard of the early 2000s. Heightened expectations of the new options for dealing with personal health mean that new opportunities are there for the taking – but industry shouldn’t let the tech companies have it all their own way, advised ZS principal Brian Chapman.