Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to make a significant difference in health and care. We’re already seeing great examples of impactful AI, but more needs to be done to support the use of these technologies safely and ethically across health and care sectors.
The NHS AI Lab was set up to accelerate the safe and effective adoption of AI in health and care. Its mission is to create a sustainable health and care system which achieves better outcomes, equality and fairness for all. By supporting AI technologies that have the potential to improve the quality of health and care services, while building a robust ethical and regulatory framework to ensure patient and citizen safety. FutureGov was brought on as strategic partners in February 2020 to provide advice and human-centred design support to NHSX on the work for the lab, as well as the AI in Health and Care Award.
COVID-19 changed the operating environment and focus of the NHS AI Lab, as government priorities changed and NHSX became responsible for various elements of the UK response. We supported NHSX and the Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC) adjust to changing demands and focus the work of the lab, so it could be most useful for a health system under pressure.