For my latest Microsoft assignment, I travelled to Northumbria to photograph Justin Green and Mike Reed, two NHS orthopedic surgeons who are using Azure AI to spot patients facing increased risks during surgery.
More than 6 million people in England are waiting for treatment by the National Health Service. The COVID-19 pandemic has made this situation worse, with staff shortages and the suspension of non-urgent operations resulting in another 2.3 million people being added to waiting lists since May 2020.
Justin and Mike are exploring how AI could help reduce waiting times, support recommendations from healthcare teams and provide patients with better information so they can make more informed decisions about their own care. The AI model is hosted in Microsoft’s Azure cloud and uses the Responsible AI dashboard in Azure Machine Learning, so that medical professionals are given a clearer understanding of why the AI has reached its conclusions.
Patients might not notice the changes when they visit a hospital or their GP, but they could soon be benefitting from a more personalized and informative care experience.
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