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British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to challenge the National

Health Service, health charities and artificial intelligence developers to
work to together in order to transform how chronic diseases are
It is expected that a national database will cross-reference patient’s medical records,
habits and genetic information to spot any early signs of cancer.

Downing Street is claiming the ground breaking technology could see

at least 50,000 people each year diagnosed at an early stage
of prostate, lung or bowel cancer. Sputnik spoke to pharmaceutical
microbiologist Dr Tim Sandle about the benefits this could have
on Britain and the NHS.
Sputnik: How will AI help with management of diagnosis?
Dr Tim Sandle: It’s a really good initiative; the key problem is about the late diagnosis
of cancer and the argument of using artificial intelligence is to identify those members
of the population who are at greatest risk and to then bring them in earlier
for screening. The focus is particularly with prostate, lung and bowel cancer, and then
you can undertake procedures like surgery or administer treatment sooner in order
to increase survival rates.
What the NHS has at its disposal is an enormous database
of information so there are things like genetic profiles from patient
records and screening people for lifestyle and getting those people
sufficiently early in order to allow, medical treatment to happen

Sputnik: What type of technology is needed then to meet these targets?

Dr Tim Sandle: There two waves of artificial intelligence, the first one is to interpret
data bases, so the NHS has built up a huge library of information about patients over the
years and this contains about their health status, their body mass, their genetic profile,
and to plow through the millions of data points does take machines to do that and
over time the technique and machine learning means that the more cases that the
intelligence gets right, then the better it becomes going forward.
There are types of artificial intelligence that can improve the detection
of tumours and looking at things like MRI scans and so on and being able
to detect different types of tumours early.
Sputnik:What do you think about those saying this isn’t a good use of money when the
NHS is in crisis now?
Dr Tim Sandle: I think health care is always going to require lots of money and I think
the job creation thing is important but it’s a secondary thing. When a society is
changing and the types of roles people will be performing and the way they engage
with technology and the digital transformation of health is a subject in itself.
What this is doing, is all about if we detect diseases early as it’s not just
cancer, the earlier we detect, the earlier we can administer treatment,
the greater the survival rate but also the reduction of burden on the
NHS going forward.

The views expressed in this article are solely those of the speaker and do not necessarily
reflect the official position of Sputnik.

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