Britain needs to step up to win the global AI healthcare race


At this time of year, the news is invariably gearing up for a season full of stories about a crisis in hospital care. But away from the headlines, Britain is on the brink of a real global health success story – one we must capitalise on in 2019. It's no stretch to say that the UK is already leading the way on the use of medical technology, from the Versius robotic surgery system to the Libre diabetes patch worn by the Prime Minister herself. Health secretary Matt Hancock recently set out his belief that "with the right tools in the NHS, we can improve people's lives". But healthcare technology is about more than robots and apps, valuable as they are.