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Tuesday, 23rd October 2018




Matt Hancock the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care officially announces the launch of the successful Wave 2 Testbeds.  EMRAD is one of these.


Capacity, Confidence, Care – supporting breast screening services using Artificial Intelligence.


East Midlands Radiology Consortium (EMRAD) an established collaboration of seven NHS Acute Trusts in the East Midlands has launched an 18 month project on using Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning to support breast screening.



The patient and clinically-led initiative aims to do three things:         

  1. Screen and treat more people, supporting service capacity helping ease workforce pressures.
  2. Boost public, patient and clinician confidence in using AI technology to assist with diagnosis.
  3. Improve patient care by minimising errors and ensuring consistency



To achieve these aims, EMRAD has entered into the Wave 2 Testbed with the following partners:

  • GE Healthcare – a long standing technical partner already supporting the EMRAD consortium.
  • Kheiron Medical Technologies and ASI Data Science - two UK based Small Medium Enterprises specialising in the field of cutting artificial intelligence technologies.
  • East Midlands Academic Health Science Network, helping us to scale and spread our work throughout the NHS.
  • Optimity Advisors - Local evaluation partners ensuring that the project clearly defines success criteria and monitors progress against this.



All partners are keen and fully committed to work together to make this vision a reality.




“We are very excited about Office for Life Sciences and NHS England backing us to improve the quality of care and reduce the instance of breast cancer for women in the East Midlands.  We genuinely believe that the lives of patients will be saved as a result of this project which supports breast screening services through the use of Artificial Intelligence.”

Andrew Fearn, EMRAD Accountable Officer




“GE Healthcare is delighted to support this project, which may have the potential to change the way breast screening is conducted in the UK. We support a library of 2 billion images from the East Midland Radiology consortium and we hope that this can assist the development and validation of algorithms to support patient care and clinical outcomes”

Stephen Bromhall, Senior Commercial Director, Northern Europe at GE Healthcare




“Kheiron are proud to be one of the first companies leading the way in the evaluation of deep learning technology within the NHS.

This is only possible as result of the partnership and collaboration that exists within the EMRAD consortium.”

Dr Hugh Harvey, Clinical Director Kheiron Medical Technologies




"We're really excited to be a part of this Test Bed, and to be able to apply Artificial Intelligence tools and techniques to improve the operational efficiency of breast cancer screening services. This is about the nuts and bolts of how to run services as efficiently and smoothly as possible, helping the NHS to see and diagnose more people, more quickly, with the same resources - and helping to save lives. 

"We hope that the Test Bed will act as a proving ground, providing a template for other NHS Trusts to take similar approaches. We think there's a huge opportunity for the NHS to lead the way in both clinical and non-clinical applications of AI, so it's fantastic to be part of this diverse and world-leading consortium."

Marc Warner, CEO ASI Data Science




"We are delighted to be a supporting partner in EMRAD’s successful bid.  The creation of this regional approach of using AI to support breast cancer screening is a great example of organisations across the East Midlands coming together to spread innovation for the benefit of patients.  We wish the EMRAD collaboration all the very best as a wave 2 NHS Testbed and look forward to providing continued support and expertise as the initiative progresses.”

Tim Robinson, Programme Lead for Digital and ITP at the East Midlands AHSN




“We are delighted to be the local evaluation partner in the hugely exciting project which has the potential to transform breast cancer screening in the East Midlands and ultimately globally. AI and machine learning holds great promise for healthcare, testing this promise in the real world is an invaluable opportunity”.

Dr Niamh Lennox-Chhugani, Healthcare Lead, Optimity Advisors



Official announcement from NHS England




Notes to editors:

The Test Beds programme is run/administered by NHS England and the Office for Life Sciences. 

The Test Beds programme has been set up to:

  • test combinations of digital technologies with pathway redesign in a clinical setting with real patients
  • harness the potential of innovations to help transform to help transform the way in which healthcare is delivered; empowering staff to deliver care that improves the quality of life for patients and carers.
  • EMRAD is one of seven Test Beds from Wave 2 of the programme

25 January 2018




Derby Teaching Hospitals has this month become the latest trust to join EMRAD – a radiology consortium which allows hospitals across the East Midlands to share images such as x-rays and scans.


The Trust’s board approved the decision on January 16 and the official documentation was signed this week.


It means that within the next six months images from Derby and Burton hospitals will be able to be shared easily across the region.


Dr Tim Taylor, Medical Director of EMRAD, said “On behalf of the existing consortium trusts, I am delighted to welcome Derby into the strong governance and sharing agreements enabled by being a member of the EMRAD consortium.


“All the current Trusts, and the consortium team, look forward to working with Derby.  We are also looking forward to supporting Burton and Derby on their journey together, as equal members of the consortium.”


Being a member of the EMRAD consortium helps improve decision-making. The shared governance and commitment to work together- along with a software solution from GE- helps experts at each of the eight hospitals to view images instantly on their computer, regardless of where the patient is being treated.


“This is good news for our patients and our clinical teams as it makes for quicker sharing of images and information between hospitals in the East Midlands,” said Dr Nigel Sturrock, Executive Medical Director for Derby Teaching Hospitals.


“This will ensure timely decision making by the clinical teams in different hospitals to improve the care of our patients who move between different Trusts in the region.

“Derby Teaching Hospitals will continue to use its current radiology picture archiving and communication system but joining the consortium will allow clinicians to access the complete radiology imaging record for their patients, including scans, reports and clinical opinions, regardless of which hospital they were performed at.”


The trusts are using the GE Healthcare Cross Enterprise Reporting tool. It is designed to enable fluid sharing of information and workload to optimise care quality within a region.


Dr Adam Thomas, Consultant Radiologist at the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham, has been using the system since it was piloted last summer. He said: “The Cross Enterprise Reporting tool enables me to report on studies from King’s Mill or Lincoln from my desk in Nottingham. I can access the entire patient record including imaging exams independent from where they were taken

“Provision of second opinions acquired in Derby will be much easier and quicker now that they are joining the consortium.”


Dr Taylor added: “This is genuinely innovative technology, and has the potential to improve patient care, bringing it closer to home and enabling patients to be treated in a more timely manner.”


Stephen Bromhall, General Manager, Healthcare Digital UK & Ireland at GE, said:

 “We are delighted that Derby is joining the EMRAD consortium, which is at the forefront of innovative and collaborative radiology services provision. It is a great benefit to patients when images and reports are available to medical professionals wherever the patient is being treated.”


The other EMRAD consortium members are: Burton Hospitals, Chesterfield Royal Hospital, Kettering General Hospital, Sherwood Forest Hospitals, Nottingham University Hospitals, Northampton General Hospital and United Lincolnshire Hospitals.


EMRAD is part of the NHS Acute Care Collaboration Vanguard programme, in which 13 entities nationwide are developing ways in which NHS Trusts can work together on innovations to improve clinical and financial viability.


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