Saving lives with three words
What3words is an intelligent geocode system used for the communication of locations with a resolution of three metres. The app encodes specific geographic coordinates into three words; the encoding is permanently fixed so it will always be accurate. An example of a location is///spooky.solemn.huggers, or //voice.gofted.agree. The application uses a grid of the entire globe made up of 57 x1012 squares of 3 metres by 3 metres. Each individual square is then given an address composed of three dictionary words. These three-word addresses are available in 43 languages.
What3words is more advanced than most of its location encoding competitors due to its location being displayed using three words rather than large and complicated strings of numbers or letters. Having a location being described by three words means that emergency services can pinpoint where you are and reach you much quicker than telling them a long address or sequence of numbers. Many emergency services teams now understand and accept the three-word addresses from callers who would otherwise struggle to say exactly where they are and where the help needs to go to. what3words has helped first responders locate many people in need of emergency assistance quickly and easily, resulting in the saving of lives in some instances.
It is very simple to integrate what3words into your existing software and this can be completed using just two lines of code, meaning this comes at a very small cost and effort for the emergency services, or any business who wants to integrate the system to improve the customer experience.
Nick Lyal from the team at Bedfordshire Police responded to a serious road traffic incident and through the help of what3words, they were able to respond quickly and save the victim's life, he said; "A serious injury road traffic collision had taken place. what3words was used by the control room to identify where the accident had taken place. As a result, the first aid saved their life"
What3words’ innovative technology could save your life one day, download the app here and stay safe.
Skin Analytics wins NHSX award for AI skin cancer tool
An artificial intelligence-driven tool that identifies skin cancers has received an award from NHSX, the NHS England and Department of Health and Social Care's initiative to bring technology into the UK's national health system.
NHSX has granted the Artificial Intelligence in Health and Care Award to DERM, an AI solution that can identify 11 types of skin lesion.
Developed by Skin Analytics, DERM analyses images of skin lesions using algorithms. Within primary care, Skin Analytics will be used as an additional tool to help doctors with their decision making.
In secondary care, it enables AI telehealth hubs to support dermatologists with triage, directing patients to the right next step. This will help speed up diagnosis, and patients with benign skin lesions can be identified earlier, redirecting them away from dermatology departments that are at full capacity due to the COVID-19 backlog.
Cancer Research has called the impact of the pandemic on cancer services "devastating", with a 42% drop in the number of people starting cancer treatment after screening.
DERM is already in use at University Hospitals Birmingham and Mid and South Essex Health & Care Partnership, where it has led to a significant reduction in unnecessary referrals to hospital.
Now NHSX have granted it the Phase 4 AI in Health and Care Award, making DERM available to clinicians across the country. Overall this award makes £140 million available over four years to accelerate the use of artificial intelligence technologies which meet the aims of the NHS Long Term Plan.
Dr Lucy Thomas, Consultant Dermatologist at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, said: “Skin Analytics’ receipt of this award is great news for the NHS and dermatology departments. It will allow us to gather real-world data to demonstrate the benefits of AI on patient pathways and workforce challenges.
"Like many services, dermatology has severe backlogs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This award couldn't have come at a better time to aid recovery and give us more time with the patients most in need of our help.”