Artificial intelligence (AI) technology is making waves in the healthcare industry as it is now being employed to predict the likelihood of patients requiring hospital visits. The “Brave AI” system, which utilizes a sophisticated algorithm to analyze patients’ medical records and identify patterns, is set to be implemented in 30 doctors’ practices across the south west of the UK. This innovative approach aims to assess the probability of unplanned emergency call-outs, allowing support services to intervene and provide preventative care, thereby potentially reducing the need for hospitalization. The initial phase of this implementation will focus on GP practices in Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Somerset, North Somerset, Dorset, Devon, and Cornwall.
Under the new contract, a diverse range of healthcare professionals, including nurses, pharmacists, therapists, and doctors, will have the ability to offer personalized support to patients. This may involve the use of remote health monitors or health-tracking apps, enabling patients to self-report their conditions. The ultimate goal is to provide targeted care where necessary and potentially identify health conditions that may have otherwise gone unnoticed. The implementation of the “Brave AI” system follows a successful pilot scheme conducted in partnership with NHS Somerset and the North Sedgemoor Primary Care Network (PCN). The comprehensive data analysis from over 500 care home residents showcased impressive outcomes, including a 35% reduction in resident falls, a remarkable 60% decrease in emergency department visits, and a significant 8.7% decline in ambulance call-outs.
Dr. Vin Diwakar, NHS director for transformation, stressed the paramount importance of these measures in keeping vulnerable patients out of hospitals and facilitating early intervention. As hospitals across the country already face significant pressure, particularly during the winter months, the utilization of AI tools to reduce admissions is becoming increasingly vital. If the current roll-out of the “Brave AI” system proves successful, the technology will eventually be introduced to all GP practices throughout the south west region, benefitting a larger population of patients in need of preventive care and support.