AHSNs enable the most effective digital solutions to reach more patients more quickly. We work with patients, industry and the health and care sector to make this happen.

New technology is key to making the NHS the world’s most advanced healthcare system. Harnessing the growing power of digital and AI solutions is fundamental to the ambition of the NHS’s Long Term Plan to transform health and social care, improve treatment and deliver better care for patients.

AHSNs are central to the digital and AI ecosystem within health and care. We connect the sectors to enable more products to be developed, right through from an idea to real world validation and on to spread through our national network.

Artificial intelligence (AI)

Many of the 15 AHSNs are supporting AI projects and developments in their local regions. The AHSNs work closely with partners including NHS England and NHS Improvement’s Transformation Directorate to promote AI initiatives to support industry to develop and evidence their AI solutions to support with NHS challenges.

In 2018, we developed a survey in collaboration with industry, academia and policy makers in an attempt to capture the reality of what technology was being developed within the UK health and care sector, and to understand what complexity of artificial intelligent technology was being realised. You can read the report here.

Accelerators and incubators

All AHSNs work with their Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) and members to understand need and increase the uptake of digital health solutions.

We have a number of support offers for innovators developing digital products, including regional accelerators and incubators.

Find out more.