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Artificial intelligence is revolutionizing NHS stroke care


  • The Brainomix e-Stroke System has reduced time in and out from 140 minutes to 79 minutes, reducing the vital time of one of the most urgent diagnoses in medicine

  • Government funding has enabled over 111,000 suspected stroke patients to benefit from this revolutionary system across 5 stroke networks in England

Tens of thousands of stroke victims across the country are enjoying faster treatment and better outcomes thanks to the government’s investment in advanced artificial intelligence (AI) to diagnose and determine the best treatment for stroke patients.

Preliminary analysis of the technology, which received first round funding from the government AI in Health and Care Awards, shows it can reduce the time from stroke presentation to treatment by more than 60 minutes, and is associated with a tripling of the number of stroke patients who recover without or with mild disability – defined as achieving functional independence – from 16% to 48%.

Pioneer AI technologies are revolutionizing the health and care system by making it ready for the future. These groundbreaking diagnostic and treatment tools not only help improve patient outcomes, but also free up valuable clinician time, supporting hard-working NHS staff to tackle COVID backlogs.

Health and Social Care Secretary Steve Barclay said:

AI has the potential to transform our NHS – delivering faster, more accurate diagnoses and ensuring patients can get the treatment they need, when they need it.

Brainomix is ​​an incredible example of how this can be achieved, using the power of AI to save vital minutes on one of the most time-sensitive diagnoses in medicine, meaning patients get the treatment they need, faster.

I am immensely proud of AI The awards continue to harness this innovation, enabling researchers across the country to deliver groundbreaking new technologies that will transform our health and care system.

NHS England Director of Transformation, Dr Timothy Ferris, said:

Every minute saved during the initial in-hospital assessment of people with stroke symptoms can dramatically improve a patient’s chances of leaving the hospital healthy.

The NHS is harnessing the potential that AI must support expert staff in delivering life-changing care to patients with a range of needs, and across the AI in health and care awards, we test, evaluate and support the most promising technologies that could transform the way we deliver care.

Strokes affect 85,000 people in England every year and getting hospitalized and starting the right treatment quickly is key to a good recovery.

The Brainomix e-Stroke system, developed in the UK, uses state-of-the-art technologies AI algorithms to help physicians by providing real-time decision support in interpreting brain scans that help inform decisions for stroke patients, enabling more patients to get the right treatment, at the right time place, at the right time.

e-Stroke technology allows stroke specialists to securely and remotely access scans and images, meaning they can do their jobs efficiently while helping other hospitals provide stroke care. world-class stroke. This supports clinicians working on Integrated Stroke Delivery Networks (ISDNs), which bring together specialists from all parts of the stroke trajectory to ensure that more people with stroke receive high-quality specialist care. quality, from pre-hospitalization to assisted early discharge, community specialist in stroke rehabilitation and life after stroke.

Brainomix e-Stroke is currently deployed at sites spanning 11 stroke networks across the country, 5 of which have been funded through the AI in the price of health and care. This funding has supported the detection of more than 4,500 large vessel occlusions (LVOs) in stroke patients. LVOs are one of the most urgent diagnoses in medicine and early diagnosis can lead to better patient outcomes.

Teaching assistant and grandmother Carol Wilson was up for a normal day when she suffered severe cramps and quickly lost her sight and the use of her limbs in June 2021. She was transferred to the hospital where, with the help of the Brainomix e-Stroke tool, his consultant was able to quickly diagnose a blood clot on his brain and recommend a thrombectomy. Thanks to rapid diagnosis and access to treatment, Carol has now recovered and is back to work and able to live her life as she was before the stroke.

Carol said:

This technology is simply amazing. I was able to sit up and text my family later that day, and was back home and able to walk two days after having a stroke.

I often think about how lucky I am to have recovered – to be able to go back to work and spend time with my grandchildren – especially considering that not everyone who has a stroke has a stroke if good result.

Riaz Rahman, VP Healthcare Global, Brainomix, said:

The Brainomix e-Stroke platform has quickly become the cornerstone of the ability of Integrated Stroke Delivery Networks (ISDNs) to provide the best stroke care. We have collected several examples of hard evidence, spanning multiple networks, confirming that using e-Stroke helps provide more consistent treatment decisions and faster patient transfers. This is vitally important in a very time-sensitive pathway.

After successfully rolling out the system at the pace and scale of the NHS, in some areas we have seen patients’ postoperative functional scores triple and more than double access to life-saving mechanical thrombectomy treatment.

the AI in Health and Care Award, backed by £123 million, is managed by the NHRIAccelerated Access Collaboration at NHS England and NHS AI Lab, and supports the acceleration of testing and evaluation of cutting-edge technologies that have the potential to benefit patients and clinicians the most, improve patient outcomes, and free up valuable time for clinicians.

The price supports AI technologies through a range of developments, from initial feasibility to the point where they could be ordered nationwide.



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