UK AI first to help nearly half a million with chronic conditions

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Kate Cleaver
Care & Support

We are teaming up with digital social enterprise Reason Digital, Parkinsons’ UK, Stroke Association, and the MS Society in an unprecedented partnership to harness the power of artificial intelligence (AI) for good – creating the UK’s first AI health assistant. The Digital Health Assistant (DHA) is set to transform the way medical advice and information is delivered to millions of people in the UK.

The DHA uses machine learning to develop an understanding of the person being supported and continues to adapt to their needs over time based on interactions. This allows DHA to provide content and support specific to the individual’s needs, making it more effective than current alternatives.

The tool has been designed to tackle common issues pervading chronic conditions in the UK, including the lack of tailored and up to date information available for people who’ve recently been diagnosed, and staff shortages. MDUK and the other charities involved expect it to dramatically improve the quality of practical and emotional care on offer to individuals following a diagnosis and, longer-term, support them in successfully managing their condition.

Catherine Woodhead, Chief Executive, said:

“There are over 70,000 people living in the UK with a range of rare and ultra-rare muscle-wasting and associated conditions. Our research shows there is an overwhelming need for personalised content which can be met by CHAP/DHA, providing tailored support for individuals and families to live well with muscular dystrophy. I welcome the opportunity to work in an innovative, collaborative and cost-effective way as part of the partnership.”

Read the full press release here.

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