The next generation of artificial intelligence

Thursday 28 February saw the official opening event for the London Medical Imaging & Artificial Intelligence Centre for Value-Based Healthcare, established as part of the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.  

head scanThe new Centre will train sophisticated artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms from NHS medical images and patient data to provide tools for clinicians to speed up and improve diagnosis and care across a number of patient pathways including dementia, heart failure and cancer.  

It brings together an ambitious consortium including King’s Health Partners and two further London universities (Imperial College London and Queen Mary’s University London) with Bart’s Health NHS Trust, multinational industry representatives (Siemens, NVIDIA, IBM, GSK), 10 UK-based small-or-medium enterprises (SMEs), and the
Health Innovation Network. 

The event at County Hall saw presentations showcasing both the technical infrastructure, importance of the partnerships and the potential clinical impact. Speakers included Professor Reza Rezavi [pictured below], Head of Research for King’s Health Partners and Centre Director who introduced the vision and aims of the centre. 

Reza AIThe Centre has a focus on transformation and value-based healthcare, and how advanced imaging and AI technologies can be used to improve the patient journey. From earlier diagnosis if there is a problem and reassurance if not, to moving quickly to a treatment which is tailored to the patient and will result in the best possible outcome.  

By optimising triage and targeting resources, these technologies will also allow the NHS to reduce wasted effort that is not supporting patient care and deliver significant financial savings. 

Importantly the Centre will also ensure that the technologies developed become products that can be used across the NHS and exported internationally by co-locating researchers, clinicians and industry partners at its hub in St Thomas’ Hospital. Siemens Healthineers is making a substantial £6.6 million investment into the UK by making the Centre their European Stratifies Medicine Hub.  

This along with other major investments from NVIDIA, IBM and GSK will help to leverage UK research strengths and clinical knowledge into becoming a leading industrial player in AI and healthcare. 

The King's Health Partners Imaging and Biomedical Engineering Clinical Academic Group provides comprehensive imaging facilities across one of the largest set-ups of its kind in Europe.