Debates between Lord Ravensdale and Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford

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1 Mon 15th July 2019 NHS: Automation
Department of Health and Social Care
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NHS: Automation

Debate between Lord Ravensdale and Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford
Monday 15th July 2019

(1 year, 7 months ago)

Lords Chamber

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Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford Portrait Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford
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My noble friend is right. One of the key recommendations is that by automating routine analyses such as radiology, diagnoses and pathology and routinely bringing in AI to sequence bed management, we will reduce the burden on clinicians so that they are able to see more patients. The review makes specific recommendations to help the workforce become more digital ready, which means increasing capacity and capability, and building the right environment. That is exactly what we have embedded into the NHS people plan and all that we are working on through NHSX.

Lord Ravensdale Portrait Lord Ravensdale (CB)
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My Lords, I declare my interests as set out in the register. Robotic process automation—RPA—is an emerging software technology that can undertake repetitive tasks in place of human workers. Many industries are seeing the benefits of using this technology and thus releasing people to do more value-added work. I believe that it has been used in a small number of NHS trusts. Can the Minister say whether there are any plans to deploy this technology more widely across the health service?

Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford Portrait Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford
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The noble Lord is right to say that technologies such as this offer the most potential to reduce repetitive work and transform how our healthcare is delivered. This is what we are focusing on to ensure that we can give health and care staff the ability to spend more time delivering personalised care in medicine while also ensuring that we improve systems to make them more efficient and productive.