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UK: CDEI publishes June repository on Coronavirus, highlights focus on building future resilience in the healthcare sector

The Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation ('CDEI') published, on 29 July 2020, its June repository ('the Repository') on novel use-cases of artificial intelligence ('AI') and data to counter and mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 ('Coronavirus') pandemic. In particular, the Repository highlights a move of the focus of use-cases from managing the immediate public health crisis towards building future resilience, whilst the majority of the same are still related to health and social care. In relation to the health and social care sector, the Repository lists developments, including the Strategic Commands Innovation Hub ('the jHub') partnering with NHSx to coordinate and facilitate the secure transfer of epidemiology data from third-party Coronavirus apps to NHSx (Project OASIS), and the development of Skin Analytics aiming to reduce delays in skin cancer detection during the Coronavirus outbreak, through a series of clinically validated AI algorithms that can help identify skin cancer. In addition, and in relation to infrastructure developments, the Repository outlines cases such as the creation of a centralised UK database containing chest images from X-ray, CT, and MRI scans, aiming at improving healthcare, and the development of a new secure analytics platform for electronic health records, which will allow trusted researchers to safely run large-scale computation across these records, thus improving safe health data sharing.

You can read the Repository here.