New agreement on developing artificial intelligence in the healthcare sector

Politicians in the Capital Region of Denmark have recently adopted a framework agreement with IBM on developing artificial intelligence for the healthcare sector. The agreement sets an economic framework of DKK 30 million over five years to finance collaborative projects on artificial intelligence.
The Capital Region of Denmark fully embraces technologies of the future. With this new collaboration, the region has taken a hands-on approach to developing solutions with artificial intelligence (AI) that can benefit patients. 

"We should not be afraid of technology and of using artificial intelligence. On the contrary, in the long term, artificial intelligence will help free resources and thereby fulfil our ambition of a more human healthcare sector, " said Sophie Hæstorp Andersen (Social Democrats), Chairman of the Regional Council.

"Computers and robots cannot replace doctors and nurses, but they can contribute additional knowledge, speed and skills that can support the work carried out at hospitals. We must fully exploit this potential for the benefit of patients," she continued. 

Great perspectives 

Making the most of computers’ capacity to process knowledge, statistics and algorithms can optimise patient treatment. Moreover, when computers perform a number of tasks, this has the potential for improving use of resources in a healthcare sector under pressure, because resources are released. 

AI is a technological advance that will shape all sectors in the future. The Capital Region of Denmark has a goal to be among the five most popular places in the world for developing healthcare and welfare solutions for the global market. 

Therefore, the Region would like to explore opportunities for collaboration with businesses that have expertise within the development of smart technology such as AI. 

Businesses interested in such collaboration can contact Jesper Allerup, Head of Department, Mobility & Technology at the Capital Region of Denmark. 

Facts on AI in the healthcare sector

  • AI refers to a type of software that can decode large volumes of unstructured data, such as images and scientific and technical literature, in a short time. And can deal with much larger volumes of data much quicker than the human mind. 
  • By using human input, intelligent software is trained to recognise patterns, make diagnoses and suggest treatment options. 
  • For example, within a few years, "intelligent" systems are expected to be used to assist doctors when diagnosing, treating and/or planning treatments, as recommendations from the system will be based on the most recent research results and on local practice within one or more diseases. 
  • Danish Regions recommends to invest DKK 4 billion in health technology, including AI.
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