PwC Report - AI in healthcare: a perspective on the practicalities
PwC have today published a report into the practical steps that can be taken to ensure a symbiotic integration of AI in healthcare.
Max Dillon, Data Scientist, PwC
James Thatcher, Data Scientist, PwC
Recent advances in the technologies underpinning artificial intelligence have led to a rising tide of attention, both positive and negative. Healthcare is commonly cited as an industry that stands to gain from emerging technology, attracting interest from leading researchers around the globe. AI can be the source of a host of benefits to healthcare, resulting in lower costs and improved patient outcomes as it is used to enhance the ability of providers of care. However, there is some caution from stakeholders which needs to be managed: a recent survey conducted by YouGov and PwC found that a quarter of patients see no benefit to healthcare from the introduction of AI.
Whilst the media has tended to focus on the theoretical implications of introducing this technology, to date, little attention has been given to the practical steps that need to be taken to ensure that the full benefits are realised. These include: appropriate handling of patient data; robust and reliable infrastructure; and building a culture of trust in emerging technology. These are not trivial tasks. With inspiration drawn from other industries, this report lays out possible steps that those working in healthcare can take to aid a symbiotic integration of this advanced technology into the industry, bringing the most benefit to patients in the UK.
The report explores the following six areas that can guide practitioners in managing the integration of AI systems into the NHS:
- Data sharing
- Data protection
- Data governance
- Digital fundamentals
- Building trust in AI
- Reframing the AI conversation
This is not an ordered list: each item holds equal importance and will require engagement from stakeholders at all levels. These are not necessarily the most visible or glamorous tasks, but previous experience has shown them to be vital to digital transformation projects.
The benefits of integrating new technologies into healthcare are numerous, profound and well documented, ultimately leading to improved patient care. However, the optimism surrounding this potential often forgets the reality of embedding the technology into existing systems, both technical and societal. Whilst the challenges are numerous, this report presents examples of measures that medical practitioners can take to support the responsible stewardship of AI into healthcare, helping to release the potential sooner, to a wider audience.
Read the full report below.
Latest News from
National Policing Digital Strategy launch22/01/2020 11:25:00
techUK welcomes the new strategy & encourages further collaboration with suppliers for its ambition and vision to be realised.
techUK members win £3.4m funding from DASA21/01/2020 14:25:00
techUK members have been awarded £3.4m in funding from DASA.
Faculty of Clinical Informatics Opens Applications17/01/2020 16:15:00
UK membership body opens applications for new members and fellows, deadline for application 24 February 2020
Nominations OPEN NOW for techUK's Cloud Leadership Committee17/01/2020 14:15:00
techUK has today opened nominations for members to join its Cloud Leadership Committee which is holding re-elections for the first time. The Committee is elected every two years to steer the development of action orientated projects, thought leadership campaigns and public policy engagement in order to drive the UK cloud computing market forward.
The future of interoperability?16/01/2020 16:05:00
With Digital Health Rewired on the horizon, read more about techUK's partnership with one of the leading health tech events in the UK.
Recognition for tech in the New Year Honours list16/01/2020 11:05:00
techUK is proud to see the hard work of esteemed members and colleagues recognised in this years’ honours list.
CES2020: A round-up of the show16/01/2020 09:25:00
Matt Evans attended CES2020 for techUK and was based out of the UK Pavilion in Eureka Park.
Tech Talent Charter Launches 2019 Diversity in Tech Report15/01/2020 16:20:00
The results show that taking a proactive approach to inclusion is the first fundamental step towards diversity.