The Rise of AI: How Will the NHS Implement It?

The use of artificial intelligence in the medical imaging industry is an exciting advancement for medical professionals and patients alike. Since AI systems have been implemented in certain medical imaging processes, improvements in patient experience, volume and safety has been vastly experienced. In particular, the development of AI simulations have allowed professionals to practice difficult procedures. However this being said, the use of AI in medical practices has received stiff opposition, with the consistent view being that medical procedures should use a professional judgement rather than that of a computer’s.

An example of how artificial intelligence is evolving is the advancement of predictive analytics in certain practices, which has allowed for large quantities of formerly disparate patient data to be coordinated into actionable intelligence. An issue which is being eased by the development of AI in the imaging industry is that there is a lack radiologists. The NHS has seen a 30% increase in radiologists’ workloads compared to an increase of only 15% in the size of the radiologist workforce. This is where AI systems can show their true potential as they reduce the time the radiologist has to manually see to the patient therefore increasing productivity. There are clear doubts to the use of AI however, with opposition fearing that AI systems may lead to a reduction in the number of radiologists required, which some fear will lose the professional opinion of qualified professionals.

There have been many debates of late surrounding artificial intelligence in medical imaging, so this is why it is such a feature at the Medical Imaging Convention. Dr Matthew Fenech, an affiliate consultant at Future Advocacy, is a fantastic speaker that will be leading a seminar about the regulation of AI in healthcare, and what we should expect in the coming years. Fenech has extensive experience in medical practices as he was a clinical academic for over 10 years, being the lead author of a report for the Wellcome Trust on ‘Ethical, Social and Political Challenges of AI in Health’, as well as writing a chapter for the Chief Medical Officer’s Annual Report 2018. Fenech specialises in AI-driven models and the impact of automation on the future of work, so he is the perfect speaker for the regulation of AI in healthcare.

There is no doubt that the future of Medical Imaging will include AI systems, as they are already improving productivity and outcomes for both professionals and patients. However, what needs to be established is to what extent is the industry going to adopt AI, as the technology continues to improve and develop at an accelerated rate.
To find out even more about AI and its implication, The Medical Imaging Convention is held at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham on the 26th and 27th of March. Tickets are freely available from http://www.imagingconvention.com, where you can keep up to date with everything else.