Published: 21 May 2018

Responding to the Prime Minister's speech on artificial intelligence due today, Aisling Burnand, chief executive of the Association of Medical Research Charities, said:

Technology, data and digital innovation has already changed the lives of UK citizens, and we are seeing the same disruption in healthcare. AMRC believes innovation in digital health has huge potential to improve the lives of patients and people living with chronic conditions. The focus on early detection and diagnosis will save lives.

Health and medical research charities are investing in digital technology in all its forms. What has become clear is that charities, NHS, funders and innovators must work effectively in partnership with the patient at the centre to ensure digital health delivers the best possible outcomes by driving:

  • more digital health interventions designed with the end user
  • increased uptake of effective digital innovation,  including routine care
  • shared, pragmatic solutions to the societal, ethical and legal questions arising from technology – ensuring patients and people living with long term conditions are central to the debate and dialogue. 

The Government’s mission to revolutionise healthcare using AI is welcome.