As part of Thursday’s provincial budget announcement, the Ontario government revealed it will invest $10 million towards a centre for artificial intelligence at the new Niagara South Hospital in Niagara Falls.
The investment is part of a collaborative effort between “academic and private sector interest” to further academic research and patient care at Niagara Health System, St. Joseph’s Health System Hamilton, McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences and the Vector Institute.
A city of Niagara Falls press release said AI will help Niagara clinicians identify cancer, pneumonia and heart disease risk, as well as assist in monitoring intensive care patients and identifying the most effective drugs for patients based on their personal genomes.
The centre will be called the Centre of Excellence in Health Care Artificial Intelligence.
While attending Queen’s Park Thursday for the announcement, Mayor Jim Diodati said that the investment “signals a sea change” in how Niagara Falls is perceived — “not only as a world class tourist destination, but as an innovative hub for leading edge artificial intelligence, big data and supercomputing.”
“This announcement puts Niagara Falls and our new hospital in a leadership position to translate Canada’s investment in AI into dramatically enhanced patient care, improvements in the work life of health care providers, and the provision of high tech employment opportunities.”
The new Niagara South Hospital will be located on Montrose Rd. at the corner of Lyons Creek Rd. in Niagara Falls.