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Transforming digital health and maximising the potential of artificial intelligence (AI)

AHSNs enable the most effective digital solutions to reach more patients more quickly. We work with patients, industry and the health and care sector to make this happen.

New technology is key to making the NHS the world’s most advanced healthcare system. Harnessing the growing power of digital and AI solutions is fundamental to the ambition of the NHS’s Long Term Plan to transform health and social care, improve treatment and deliver better care for patients.

AHSNs are central to the digital and AI ecosystem within health and care. We connect the sectors to enable more products to be developed, right through from an idea to real world validation and on to spread through our national network.

We are working with the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England to develop and maintain a map of AI solutions in use across the NHS.

We are also supporting Department of Health and Social Care work on the national Code of Conduct relating to digital technology, AI and machine learning that will provide a national set of ‘rules of engagement’ for NHS organisations working with industry partners. This will help assure patients that data is being used legally and ethically, as well as ensuring the NHS gets maximum benefit from these partnerships.

Accelerators and incubators

All AHSNs work with their Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) and members to understand need and increase the uptake of digital health solutions.

We have a number of support offers for innovators developing digital products, including regional accelerators and incubators, with seven of the AHSNs running a joint programme. Our local accelerators and incubators include:

By working with innovators to speed up access, this support ensures that thousands of people benefit from latest technologies to improve their health and that high potential companies grow faster, supporting economic growth across the country.

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