University Hospitals Birmingham joins AI consortium

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS FT are joining the AI Centre for Value Based Healthcare consortium of clinical, research and industry partners.

The AI Centre currently works with 9 trusts to provide support for AI applications with its AI Deployment Engine (AIDE). University Hospitals Birmingham becomes the first trust outside the South East to join the group, and is set to introduce the AI engine this month.

One of the aims of the programme, led by King’s College London and Guy’s and Thomas’ NHS FT, is to make it easier to deploy AI applications within NHS trusts.

Recently, the consortium made the code for its AI Deployment Engine available through open source on GitHub.

Sebastien Ourselin, Deputy Director at the AI Centre, commented: “Collaboration and partnership are the keys to our success, and we are thrilled to have Birmingham NHS Trust on board. The AI Centre is now partnered with 10 NHS trusts across the UK – and we hope to expand further.

“Our goal is to support AI from research and development to deployment in live clinical pathways, to benefit patients, clinicians and society. With more NHS trusts joining the consortium, we hope to see an accelerated uptake of our robust, secure and trustworthy AI applications.”

Simon Ball, Chief Medical Officer, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, added: “We are excited to join this ground-breaking public-private consortium. The AI Centre platform, AIDE, will accelerate the adoption of AI applications within University Hospitals Birmingham Trust. AI can transform the way we deliver care and the treatment we provide – we are committed to working with our new partners to explore its full potential.”

The AI centre has published the non-infrastructure code for the AI Deployment Engine, which includes the front end, back end and clinical review system.