Atos teams up with Google to open AI lab in London

13 November 2018

Together with Google Cloud, global IT consultancy Atos has launched an open AI lab in London. The new hub will look to draw talent together alongside organisations from the public and private sector to foster an atmosphere of collaboration and creation, as a growing number of entities seek to unlock the potential of digital transformation and AI technologies.

International consulting firm Atos specialises in digital transformation, having worked regularly with clients across the world to leverage new innovations and boost their business outcomes. Most famously in 2018, this saw Atos complete an Olympic first at the winter games in Pyeongchang, as the Winter Olympics IT partner oversaw critical IT applications such as the distribution of results in real time, which was remotely managed and hosted on the Cloud.

The firm’s high profile work at the showpiece sporting event came on the heels of an especially fruitful 2017 for its digital transformation offering as a whole, however, and the firm has looked to kick on from those successes this year. In May, this saw Atos sign a contract with Supercomputing Wales, the national supercomputing research facility for Wales, resulting in a world-first of the creation of an Atos and Dell EMC supercomputing Centre of Excellence.

Atos teams up with Google to open AI lab in London

Around the same time, Atos and Google Cloud formed a notable global partnership, which saw both entities pledge to deliver secure hybrid cloud, machine learning, and collaboration solutions to organisations. At the same time, Atos named Google Cloud its preferred public cloud provider, something which now sees the firm opening a new AI lab in London, as the latest component of this partnership.

Located in the UK’s capital, which is noted as an international technology hub, the Atos AI lab will look to bring together expertise in AI alongside private and public sector organizational capabilities to collaborate and unlock cross-enterprise opportunities. The new lab will be available to businesses and public-sector entities across Europe, allowing them to to utilise AI technologies and to define and design use cases relevant to their needs. After this particular roll-out, Atos also plans to open two additional AI labs located either side of the Atlantic; one in Paris and the other in Dallas, Texas.

The launch of the lab, will also help build an ecosystem of highly-skilled AI workers in London and across Europe, which is viewed by the Government as a major asset, particularly as the UK bids to retain its reputation as a leader in business technology after Brexit. The ceremony opening the London locale in mid-October was attended by Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries, Margot James MP.

Commenting on the new facility, James said, "The UK is leading the way when it comes to expertise in Artificial Intelligence, and the new Atos labs will help to develop this exciting area of technology further. Through our modern Industrial Strategy and near £1 billion Sector Deal, we’re putting AI at the forefront of our plans to make the UK the best place in the world to start and grow a digital business.”

Adrian Gregory, CEO, Atos UK & Ireland meanwhile remarked, “The opening of this first AI Lab marks a new era in enterprise transformation and opportunity. In combining the advanced capabilities of Atos and Google Cloud AI technology, organizations will have access to compelling solutions acting as a springboard to growth in an evolving, digitally focused marketplace.”

Finally, Paul Emsley-Martin, Head of SI Partnerships at Google Cloud, added, “The new AI labs from Atos will be a valuable resource for European businesses wanting to take advantage of Google Cloud AI capabilities. This is a great next step in our partnership with Atos, and we are delighted to continue working with Atos to bring Google Cloud AI, infrastructure, machine learning and collaboration tools to enterprises worldwide.”


GE Healthcare helping Bradford Teaching Hospitals with AI project

19 April 2019

As the Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS trust continues to encounter heavy demand for beds and treatment, GE Healthcare has been working to help reduce the strain on the institution via a new AI-driven Command Centre. The Command Centre is hoped to decrease length of stay, alleviate the need for additional wards and beds and reduce cancellations for non-emergency surgery.

Facing unprecedented demand from the challenges presented by an ageing population and a shortfall in government spending, the NHS is at a cross-roads in its existence. In this environment, implementing time-saving, cost-cutting technological solutions has become crucial to the institution's future. This recently saw the NHS appoint nearly 80 consulting firms, IT consultancies, systems integrators, healthcare specialists and other professional services providers to its Health Systems Support (HSS) Framework.

Among those firms was GE Healthcare Partners, the health technology consulting wing of General Electric Company, an American multinational conglomerate incorporated in New York and headquartered in Boston. GE Healthcare is involved in transformation projects in national healthcare systems around the world, and recently received a ‘highly commended’ recognition at the 2019 MCA Awards for its work with the Dubai Health Authority towards transforming the local sector into a world-class hub for healthcare. Last year, the firm also won the ‘International’ award for its project with the Saudi Ministry of Health.

GE Healthcare helping Bradford Teaching Hospitals with AI project

In the UK, GE Healthcare has taken on a role collaborating with Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to build a Command Centre – like that of an air traffic control – at the Bradford Royal Infirmary (BRI). One of the first of its kind in Europe, the Command Centre will transform how care is delivered and organised as the number of patients at the hospital continues to increase. Utilising artificial intelligence (AI), it will provide a clear, instant, and real-time overview across the 800-bed hospital and help staff make quick and informed decisions on how to best manage patient care.

According to GE Healthcare’s website, up to 20 Trust staff based in the Command Centre will monitor a “wall of analytics” that constantly pulls in streams of real-time data from the multiple systems at the hospital. Advanced algorithms will help staff to anticipate and resolve bottlenecks in care delivery before they occur, recommending actions to enable faster, more responsive patient care and better allocation of resources. The data will be displayed on multiple high definition screens in the Command Centre – as well as on tablets and mobile devices, providing 24-7 support to busy medical teams across the hospital.

Over 96% of bed capacity at BRI is used regularly and it has 125,000 A&E (Emergency Department) attendances each year, up by more than 40% over the past decade. The Command Centre program will ideally help meet the vision of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to decrease length of stay, alleviate the need for additional wards and beds, and reduce cancellations for non-emergency surgery.

Commenting on the changes, Professor Clive Kay, Chief Executive of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said, "Demand for services is growing at Bradford Teaching Hospitals every year. The Command Centre will enable us to optimise our use of resources and improve how we move patients around the hospital for treatment and successful discharge. Around 350-400 patients come through our A&E every day, and relieving pressure on our 6,000 staff means they can spend more time delivering care, and less time organising care."

Set to open in Spring 2019, the Command Centre will be centrally located in a refurbished space at the BRI site. It will help to reduce unnecessary time spent in hospital after a patient is medically ready to leave, increase the proportion of patients who arrive and are admitted, transferred or discharged from A&E within four hours, and help ensure that patients are always treated in the wards best suited to manage their care.

Command Centres have been successfully deployed by several hospitals in North America, including The Johns Hopkins Hospital, a major not-for-profit 1,100 bed hospital in Baltimore. Since the John Hopkins Command Centre began operating, patients from other hospitals have been transferred 60% faster, Emergency Room wait times have been cut by 25%, and operating theatre wait times for post-surgical beds have decreased by 70%.

Jeff Terry, GE Healthcare’s Command Centre CEO, said of the initiative, “GE Healthcare’s vision is to enable precision health. We are honoured to serve the NHS Bradford team as they look to deliver the most effective patient care.”