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NHS Invests £123 million in AI, Accelerating Nationwide Adoption Including Deployment of Ibex’s Breast Solution Across Five NHS Trusts
Tel Aviv, Israel – March 6, 2023 – Ibex Medical Analytics (Ibex), the leader in AI-powered cancer diagnostics, University of Nottingham and a consortium of NHS Trusts, announced today they are winners of the UK Artificial Intelligence in Health and Care Award, enabling the deployment of Ibex’s breast solution across five National Health Services (NHS) and delivering on their aligned missions of improving breast cancer diagnosis and lab efficiency.
Ibex’s solution supports pathologists by providing AI-based tools and insights that help detect and grade different types of breast cancer. The solution will be deployed at Nottingham University Hospitals, Cambridge University Hospitals, North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and University Hospitals Birmingham. Pathologists from each trust will use Ibex’s breast solution to analyze a total of 10,000 biopsies as part of routine practice and evaluate how the Ibex technology helps improve the quality of diagnosis, reduce case review time, and impacts overall cost-effectiveness of breast cancer diagnosis and turnaround time for patients. With increasing attention on the potential to improve people’s health through digital technologies, both patient and public involvement will be core to the project, led by the Oxford Academic Health Science Network.
“AI has the potential to speed up diagnoses and treatments and free up time for our doctors and nurses so they can focus on caring for patients,” said Steve Barclay, the UK Health and Social Care Secretary.
The Phase 4 awards enable AI technologies that have market authorization to generate important evidence targeting large-scale commissioning or deployment. As the most mature category, with only two Phase 4 projects granted in 2023, the award will enable Ibex and its partners to demonstrate clinical and economic utility of Ibex’s AI in real-world implementations in the NHS.
Professor Emad Rakha, Honorary Consultant Pathologist at the University of Nottingham and Nottingham University Hospitals NHS trust, and the study’s principal investigator added: “Over the last several years in the UK, cancer cases increased while the number of pathologists decreased, resulting in record-high workloads for pathology departments. Timely and accurate diagnosis can significantly impact breast cancer survival rates, making Ibex’s solution a vital and welcome addition into NHS trusts.”
The breast solution was developed by a team of pathologists, data scientists and software engineers who applied advanced Deep Learning technologies, training an AI algorithm on millions of image samples. The solution helps pathologists identify more than 50 breast-specific features and demonstrated excellent outcomes across multiple clinical studies, including a recently published study in Nature’s peer-reviewed npj Breast Cancer journal1,2.
“We are proud to receive this award from the NIHR and NHS, said Chaim Linhart, PhD, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Ibex Medical Analytics. “This award and other programs supported by the UK government signify its commitment to making the NHS the global leader in implementing AI technologies in healthcare. Our trusted and robust AI platform is already helping UK pathologists improve the quality of prostate cancer diagnosis, and we are eager to work with our NHS partners on expanding our collaboration to support breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.”
Ibex was also a winner of the AI Award in 2020, enabling a broad roll out of Ibex AI for prostate in six NHS hospitals, including Imperial College London, University College London and University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire. Ibex’s solutions are deployed in multiple pathology departments in the UK, including Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board in Wales and SourceLDPath, supporting pathologists in the diagnosis of cancer with improved quality and turnaround times.
About Ibex Medical Analytics
Ibex Medical Analytics (Ibex) is transforming cancer diagnostics with world-leading, clinical grade AI-powered solutions, empowering physicians to provide accurate, timely and personalized cancer diagnosis for every patient. Our suite of solutions is the first and most widely deployed AI-technology in pathology and used as part of everyday routine, supporting pathologists and providers worldwide in improving the quality and accuracy of diagnosis, implementing comprehensive quality control, reducing turnaround times and boosting productivity with more efficient workflows. Ibex’s Artificial Intelligence technology is built on Deep Learning algorithms trained by a team of pathologists, data scientists and software engineers. For additional company information, please visit https://ibex-ai.com/ and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.
Multiple solutions under Ibex’s suite of solutions are CE marked (IVDD) and registered with the UK MHRA. The solutions are for Research Use Only (RUO) in the United States and not cleared by the FDA. For more information, including indication for use and regulatory approval in other countries, contact Ibex Medical Analytics.
About The Artificial Intelligence in Health and Care Award
The Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Health and Care Award is an NHS AI Lab program run by the Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC) in partnership with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The Award aims to increase the impact of AI-driven technologies to help solve clinical and operational challenges across the NHS, including reducing waiting times, improving early diagnosis and saving staff time. It will make funding available to accelerate the testing and evaluation of the most promising AI technologies which meet the strategic aims set out in the NHS Long Term Plan.
 Sandbank et al., Validation and real-world clinical application of an artificial intelligence algorithm for breast cancer detection in biopsies; npj Breast Cancer 8, 129 (2022) https://doi.org/10.1038/s41523-022-00496-w
 Vincent-Salomon et al., Primary Diagnosis of Breast Biopsies supported by AI versus Microscope: Multi-Site Clinical Reader Study. San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium 2022.Back