The trial aims to help develop, test and ultimately deploy artificial intelligence (AI) tools in the breast cancer screening programme in the East Midlands.
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Professor Sir Mike Richards said new IT systems were “urgent priority” and booking an appointment needs to be as “simple as booking a plane ticket online”.
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Responding to the publication of the National Audit Office report, Meg Hillier – chair of the Public Accounts Committee – said it is “unacceptable” that cancer screening programmes in England are being “let down by complex and ageing IT”.
The calculator, which combines a woman’s family history with lifestyle factors, is the ‘most comprehensive method yet’ to predict the risk of the disease.
The review is recommending that the IT systems used in the breast cancer screening programme are made simpler to use and fully interoperable.
A study, carried out by researchers from the University of Surrey, investigated whether women who sought health information online found it useful or not.
The local initiative, led by NHS Digital, resulted in a 13% increase in the number of women in Stoke-on-Trent attending a screening for the first time.
Addie Mitchell from BCC has told Digital Health News she hopes the digital tool will help give women the confidence to regularly check for breast cancer.
Seven sites have been selected to run trials of digital initiatives designed to address healthcare challenges in the NHS.
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