London hospitals plan to use AI in place of clinicians for certain tasks

University College London Hospitals (UCLH) have partnered with the Alan Turing Institute to use machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) to complete tasks currently handled by nurses and clinicians, according to The Guardian.

AI and machine learning have proven useful tools in diagnosing patients, predicting onset of disease and completing administrative tasks.

 “Our performance this year has fallen short of the four-hour wait, which is no reflection on the dedication and commitment of our staff,” said Prof Marcel Levi, UCLH chief executive. “[It’s] an indicator of some of the other things in the entire chain concerning the flow of acute patients in and out the hospital that are wrong.  Machines will never replace doctors, but the use of data, expertise and technology can radically change how we manage our services – for the better,”

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