Diagnosis on Demand? The computer will see you now 

An exciting new documentary looking at Artificial Intelligence (AI) in healthcare is set to air on BBC 2 at 9pm this evening (November 1). 

Titled Diagnosis on Demand? The computer will see you now, the programme explores how AI is revolutionising the way citizens can access, and medical professionals can provide, health and care at a digital level. 

Babylon Health is the focus of the film having created an affordable, accessible, instant, super intelligent chatbot that can discuss symptoms with patients over the phone 24/7. Described as a "showdown", Babylon challenges human doctors and its AI machine in a test to see which can produce the most accurate diagnosis. 

Kheiron Medical is also featured in the documentary having successfully used deep learning to train its AI to detect breast cancer in ways that currently outperform human radiologists.  

Both of these revolutionary SMEs and their technologies took part in the AI survey the AHSN Network circulated earlier this year and are listed on the interactive map.

The prevalence of AI in health and care is growing and is something that the AHSN Network is prioritising. Accelerating Artificial Intelligence in health and care: a state of the nation report was written in collaboration with NHS England and the Department of Health and Social Care and explores how the current health and care digital technology is being used across the country.

Across Kent, Surrey and Sussex there are a number of prestigious and potentially ground-breaking projects currently taking place that are using AI technology. 

Guy Boersma, Managing Director of Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network, and Artificial Intelligence Lead for the AHSN Network, said: 

"Computers are well equipped to detect patterns in images, not just barcodes and passport photos, but also signs of cancer in the thousands of mammograms created by the NHS each year. 

"Having better and better computational support for clinical advisors is an increasingly powerful resource. It is helping clinicians identify and make shared decisions with people about how to manage their breast cancer treatment. 

"This Artificial Intelligence support to clinicians and the public will be invaluable in future years given the country's growing population and the NHS's persistent workforce recruitment challenges."