These projects have been launched by Health Data Research UK (HDR UK) with funding from the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR).

One of the projects would use AI to "digitally mimic" households struggling with the impact of the cost of the living crisis to understand the effects of cold homes on health, while another looks at helping reduce ambulance wait times. 

Other studies also include using hospital data to speed up patient flow through emergency departments, as well as using machine learning to predict peaks of infection with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) – a common bug that can cause serious illness in young children.

The 16 projects were selected in December 2022 and are expected to deliver findings by the end of March.

Despite the tight deadline, the findings of the projects would not come in time to help tackle the current winter crisis in the NHS, which has been facing extraordinary pressure against the backdrop...