The new Artificial Intelligence centre for Scotland, which will involve HSRU, is launched.

The new Artificial Intelligence centre for Scotland, which will involve HSRU, is launched.

iCAIRD will be a Scottish centre of excellence and focus on the application of AI in digital diagnostics, ultimately enabling better and earlier diagnosis and more efficient treatment for patients. It is also predicted that iCAIRD will create new jobs centred around AI and digital technology in healthcare. 

The launch event for staff and stakeholders to find out more about Scotland’s new Artificial Intelligence health research centre (iCAIRD) was held on 11 March 2019.

The evening was an opportunity to learn more about Aberdeen’s involvement in this pan-Scottish £15 million project with an opportunity for clinicians and academics to propose additional projects that could benefit from the iCAIRD infrastructure and framework.

Centred at the University of Glasgow’s Clinical Innovation Zone at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, iCAIRD bring together teams across Scotland – in Aberdeen, St Andrews and Edinburgh – to enable joined-up academic and commercial technology development, alongside academic researchers locally and nationally.

The centre’s work will deliver significant benefits for patients through the development of solutions for more rapid treatment for stroke; expert chest x-ray reading; rapid and more accurate diagnosis in gynaecological disease and colon cancer; and partly automated mammogram analysis for breast cancer screening.

Making use of the capability of modern computers to process the large amounts of data gathered in NHS healthcare clinics, iCAIRD will also allow clinicians, health planners and industry to work together and ultimately solve healthcare challenges more quickly and efficiently, and in a way that completely protects patients’ identities.

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