AI Focus At NHSX Lets Clinicians 'Function At The Top Of Their License'
Less than 2% of NHS England’s budget is spent on digital technology, compared with 4-5% in other industries, NHS chief information officer Dr. Simon Eccles told delegates at the NHS Health and Care Innovation Expo 2019 this week. But the new NHS AI Lab is seen as a big step in the right direction.
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