6th January 2021: Lifelight CEO & Founder, Laurence Pearce joins elite SETsquared panel to discuss how AI and machine learning technologies are rapidly revolutionising the medical industry around the world
Towards the end of last year our CEO, Laurence Pearce, joined leading industry scientists and entrepreneurs for an in-depth roundtable debate on harnessing the power of AI and machine learning in healthcare, hosted by SETsquared and chaired by Richard Vize, Guardian columnist and writer for the British Medical Journal – read the transcript of the session below:
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Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning technologies are rapidly revolutionising the medical industry around the world.
The Department of Health and Social Care has realised its potential, pledging £250m to invest in the AI to help solve the healthcare toughest challenges. As part of the Grand challenge mission the government set a target to ‘use data, AI and innovation to transform the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of chronic diseases by 2030’.
The arrival of the first COVID-19 lockdown triggered several years of digital transformation seemingly overnight, as the health and care sector was forced to rapidly adapt its practice.
With so much government enthusiasm for AI and willingness across the health and care sector to adopt digital innovation, are we going to see a period of great opportunity and growth for AI and machine learning?
To delve into this topic more deeply, SETsquared gathered leading industry scientists and entrepreneurs for an in-depth roundtable debate. The session was skilfully led by Richard Vize, the Guardian columnist and writer for the British Medical Journal.
COVID-19 and the pace of digital transformation
The pandemic brought great technological change into many aspects of our everyday lives. For the health service, rapid change had to happen and barriers to the deployment of digital innovation came crashing down in the pursuit of delivering the best outcomes for patients.
Laurence Pearce, CEO of xim, has developed Lifelight – an AI-driven solution for performing remote clinical observations, such as measuring heart rate, blood pressure and respiration, within 40 seconds all via a smartphone or other mobile device.
“It’s certainly been a rollercoaster,” recalled Laurence. “During the pandemic, there was a massive peak in demand for our remote patient monitoring technology. It was an explosion of interest, suddenly it was no longer a case of trying to persuade GPs to take remote consultations it was a question of why do we need to see anybody face-to-face?
“The idea of patients looking at their mobile device while having a video consultation and having their vital signs monitored and sent to their GP is what we’ve been working toward, and suddenly everyone was saying we want your technology now. Can you roll it out to millions of customers this week?
Continue reading the roundtable transcript here