AI-powered technology sees big improvements in UK stroke treatment: analysis


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Artificial intelligence technology has tripled the number of stroke patients in the UK recovering to the point where they can carry out everyday activities, according to new research published on Tuesday.

An early-stage analysis of more than 111,000 suspected stroke patients whose care included the use of the technology found that the time between seeing a doctor and starting treatment increased by more than 60 minutes, leading to improved outcomes.

The percentage of those able to resume daily activities increased from 16 to 48 percent, according to an analysis by the Brainomik e-Stroke imaging platform.

The technology, developed by UK medical technology solutions firm Brainomics, is being used across 11 stroke networks in the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) to diagnose strokes and determine the best treatment.

The platform helps doctors interpret brain scans and allows them to share images with specialists around the world who can access them remotely.

“AI has the potential to transform our NHS—delivering faster, more accurate diagnoses and ensuring patients can get the treatment they need, when they need it,” UK Health Secretary Steve Barclay said in a statement.

“Brainomics is an incredible example of how this can be achieved, using the power of artificial intelligence to shave life-saving minutes off one of the most time-sensitive diagnoses in medicine.”

Patient Carol Wilson, a teaching assistant, said the speedy diagnosis and treatment she received as a result of the technology meant she was sitting up texting her family later that day.

The grandmother, who has since returned to work, said she “came home and was able to walk around two days after having the stroke”.

Over 85,000 people suffer a stroke in the UK each year.

NHS England’s Director of Transformation, Dr Timothy Ferris, said the treatment “harnesses the potential that artificial intelligence has to support professional staff in delivering life-changing care”.

“Every minute saved during the initial hospital assessment of people with stroke-like symptoms can dramatically improve the patient’s chances of leaving the hospital in good health,” he said.

Brainomik was launched as a spin-out of Oxford University in 2010. Its e-stroke platform is now used in over 330 hospitals in over 30 countries.

© 2022 AFP

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