NHS using AI to prevent avoidable admissions

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NBHC Engagement
November 14, 2023

The NHS is trialling an AI system which highlights patients with complex health needs at risk of hospital admission or who rarely contact their family doctor so they can reach out to them for conversations about their health. Health coaches, nurses or family doctors then provide preventive care such as offering food parcels, escalating care to specialist doctors, putting in support to avoid falls or link them with volunteers to avoid loneliness. Other initiatives include:

  • AI linked to electronic sensors on kettles and fridges spots changes in patients’ eating and drinking habits; and
  • An algorithm predicts the top 5% at risk of potential hospital attendances or admissions. Staff check in to offer social care assessments, medication reviews or other social prescribing measures to avoid hospital admissions.
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