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Open Medical wins government funding for its Pathpoint Detect Artificial Intelligence Technology

Pathpoint Detect, a novel decision support tool that uses artificial intelligence for image-based diagnosis in dermatology has been successful in the latest round of the Artificial Intelligence in Health and Care Award.

Open Medical was one of 80 organisations to receive the funding, which was announced by Matt Hancock, the secretary of state for Health in the United Kingdom on Wednesday, the 16th of June, 2021. The AI Award is making £140 million available over four years to accelerate the testing and evaluation of artificial intelligence technologies which meet the aims set out in the NHS Long Term Plan.

It means that Open Medical will be able to develop technology to benefit dermatology services, taking the technology one step closer to being used in the NHS to benefit patients.

We intend to deliver a state of the art machine learning system to provide decision support, initially in a skin diagnosis setting. This will reduce delays between diagnosis and treatment, alleviate dermatology backlog and standardise clinical decision making.

Piyush Mahapatra, Director of Innovation at Open Medical, said:

"We are thrilled to be the recipients of the phase two NHSx AI award for Pathpoint Detect. Pathpoint Detect will be a revolutionary decision support tool for image based-diagnosis. We are proud to be working alongside other forward-thinking companies to advance the field of dermatology and progress the use of AI in healthcare and the NHS."

The AI Award is one of the programmes that make up the NHS AI Lab, led by NHSX and delivered in partnership with the Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC) and National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

Dan Bamford, Deputy Director AI Award, Accelerated Access Collaborative, said:

‘Congratulations to Open Medical on their success as one of our winners in Round 2 of the AI Award. We look forward to working with them as they develop and test their technology further, so that more patients can benefit from this cutting-edge artificial intelligence.’

Dr Indra Joshi, Director of AI, NHSX, said:

‘With this latest round of AI Award winners, we now have an incredible breadth of expertise across a wide range of clinical and operational areas. Through this award, Open Medical will be at the forefront of applying artificial intelligence in new ways to transform health and care.’



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