AI guides surgeons in OR with Digital Surgery

The world’s first AI system for use in an operating room was successfully demonstrated by Digital Surgery in July.

Designed by Digital Surgery, a health tech company, the platform provides a road map for surgical teams.

The AI uses a camera to watch the surgery and predicts next best steps in real time against a library of previous surgeries.

Dr. Jean Nehme MD, co-founder and CEO of Digital Surgery said: “With AI, we have the unique ability to scale global surgical best practices.”


DeepMind’s project with Moorfileds Eye Hospital has taken a step closer to clinical implementation as their algorithms outperform human experts in detecting eye diseases.

A new study by Moorfields, in London and DeepMind, a Google company, found that artificial intelligence (AI) powered imaging technology can learn to read complex eye scans and detect more than 50 eye conditions.

Prof Sir Peng Tee Khaw, the director of the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Moorfields eye hospital and the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, said: “The results of this pioneering research with DeepMind are very exciting and demonstrate the potential sight-saving impact AI could have for patients.”

The algorithms perform at 94% accuracy, matching or beating world-leading eye specialists.

NHS partner with IBM after WannaCry

The UK’s Health and Social Care Information Centre, NHS Digital has partnered with IBM to improve cybersecurity following the WannaCry ransomware attack which crippled the NHS last year.

IBM will provide services such as vulnerability scanning, malware analysis and enhancement of NHS Digitals current monitoring capability.

Dan Taylor, Programme Director, Data Security Centre at NHS Digital, said: “This will ensure that we can evolve our security capability in line with the evolving cyber threat landscape.”

WannaCry, a cyberattack launched in May 2017, affected approximately 200,000 computers in over 150 countries and brought a third of the UK’s NHS trusts to a standstill.

These stories appeared in AIMed Magazine issue 04, which is available here.