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Artificial Intelligence and Multimorbidity - new NIHR Research Collaboration

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NIHR awards £12 million to artificial intelligence research to help understand multiple long-term conditions. Professor Bruce Guthrie will lead one of three new Research Collaborations. The NIHR has awarded almost £12 million to new research that will use advanced data science and artificial intelligence (AI) methods to identify and understand clusters of multiple long-term conditions and develop ways to prevent and treat them. An estimated 14 million people in England are living with two or more long-term conditions, with two-thrids of adults aged over 65 expected to be living with multiple long-term conditions by 2035. People who develop multiple long-term conditions often do not have a random assortment of diseases but rather a largely predictable cluster of conditions.



Covid London: 1 in 5 Lambeth residents may have higher risk due to multiple illnesses

Daily Mail - Science & tech

One in five people living in the London borough of Lambeth have two or more long-term health conditions, a study has shown. Anonymous data of 826,936 patients registered at 41 GP practices in the borough were obtained and analysed dating back as far as 2005. It revealed 21 per cent of all residents have at least two preexisting conditions, with the average number of comorbidities being three and increasing with age. Many of these health conditions have previously been linked to increased risk of death from the coronavirus. Anonymous data of 826,936 patients registered at 41 GP practices in Lambeth were obtained and analysed dating back as far as 2005. Lambeth is one of a handful of locations in the UK to offer door-to-door surge testing after a case of the mutant South Africa strain was spotted in the area.


Lord Prior: integrated healthcare is the future of the NHS

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When he became chair of NHS England just weeks before publication of the NHS Long-Term Plan, Lord Prior was under no illusion about the task ahead. The former health minister and Conservative MP David Prior inherited a health service that had changed little in its 70-year history, facing successive winter crises and with the spectre of an already stretched workforce potentially taking a Brexit body blow. For the UK's largest employer, developing a long-term plan that operated on a schedule outside the political cycle was essential. Yet it is fundamentally driven by unlocking the £20.5-billion settlement, promised to the NHS by the government, over the next five years. The ambitious blueprint, unveiled in January, to overhaul the health service during the coming decade "is not a Soviet, top-down plan where we state how many tractors will be produced in the next ten years", says Lord Prior.