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University College London Hospitals announces collaboration with Microsoft 

The partnership will see the two organisations develop AI algorithms and applications to help improve patient flow, support medical imaging and automate time consuming radiotherapy preparations.

UCLH said that “to realise the potential of AI for healthcare and develop the right solutions for the NHS, we believe the best approach is to create solutions working together on the ground, in the hospital where these innovations need to be deployed, subject to the appropriate regulatory approvals.”

One of the first projects will explore how AI can be used to predict hour by hour and day by day fluctuations in demand for acute hospital care. The researchers will work closely with hospital staff to understand their everyday practices and challenges. The team will explore where AI can provide real time insights to help hospital managers and frontline staff to allocate their resources and adapt to ever changing care pressures.

UCLH will also introduce Microsoft’s open-source InnerEye technology to build and refine its own proprietary medical imaging AI models. In November, as part of HTN Now, we welcomed the Microsoft Research and Cambridge University Hospitals NHS FT to share how their AI for medical image analysis programme is benefiting clinicians. To find out more you can watch the session here.