Artificial Intelligence for earlier stroke detection and more from the NHS Long Term Plan

This morning, the NHS published their Long Term Plan; their vision for making the NHS fit for the future. The plan focuses on improving treatments and preventative methods for major killer conditions, such as stroke and other respiratory illnesses.

The Long Term Plan envisions the use of technological advancements, such as artificial intelligence for early detection, digital GP consultations for everyone who will want them and a strong focus on prevention. From enhanced neonatal care for new parents and babies to transformative stroke therapy and integrated support to keep older people out of hospital, the NHS plan for the future is exciting and will help people to live longer, more independent lives.

Below are some of the key highlights that we can look forward to in the next few years:

  • Cutting-edge technology and the use of artificial intelligence to provide the best stroke care in Europe. More than 3 million people will benefit from improved stroke, respiratory and cardiac services.
  • Investment in earlier detection and treatment methods of respiratory conditions
  • Smart inhalers will be piloted to enable patients to monitor their conditions on demand
  • Investment in state-of-the-art treatments such as genomic tests for every child with cancer. The NHS will be the first to offer genome sequencing for cancer patients in children and adults, as well as people who have rare genetic disorders
  • Digital GP consultations, enabling patients to access healthcare at the touch of a button, wherever they are
  • ‘Same day emergency care’ for every hospital with a major A&E department, so that patients can be treated and discharged without needing an overnight stay.
  • A commitment to raise at least £2.3 billion a year by 2023/24 to fund mental health services – the biggest investment ever in mental health to date. This will mean that approximately 2 million more people who suffer anxiety, depression or other mental health problems will be able to receive help – including new parents –  as well as 24-hour crisis support via NHS 111.

To read the full publication, go to the NHS Long Term Plan website or follow the #NHSLongTermPlan hashtag on Twitter for updates. We’re excited about the future of healthcare, and can’t wait to see this plan come into fruition.

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