52% of NHS trusts are using AI, report shows

Fifty-two percent of NHS trusts across the UK are deploying some sort of AI in use cases, research from NetApp has this week found.

The FOI inquiry into NHS AI adoption questioned 61 NHS trusts on using AI for clinical care (20%), patient diagnoses (16%) and pharmacy (3%). It’s expected that a further 16% will be using it within the next 2 years.

Speech recognition is the most popular use of AI, with 27% of respondents saying they use it for this, whilst a quarter says they use it for robotic process automation and 13% mentioned Machine Learning.

Further results

One trust has invested between £500k-£1m on AI 41% have invested up-to £100,000 on AI, and an additional 10% up to £500,000.

On the other side of the results, 39% of Trusts haven’t invested anything into deploying AI. However, 75% of Trusts have appointed a designated leader for AI.

The NHS still needs to modernise

Commenting on the recent findings, Tracey Lethbridge, head of UK public sector at OpenText says: This latest news…is a positive step in the right direction when it comes to digitising within the NHS. But, with only a limited number (33%) of these trusts able to fully access the data they require, there is still progress to be made.”

Lethbridge adds: “Despite this latest news signalling Trusts are increasing investment in innovative technologies – too many NHS organisations are still relying on old fashioned systems and processes such as paper-based patient records. In fact, research carried out earlier this year found that 16 Trusts alone had created more than 1.7 million paper-based records over the course of a three-month period.

“There is no question about it, changes still need to be made if healthcare services are to be made safer, more effective and more efficient.”


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