10 August 2023

Developing valuable operational healthcare applications using quantum computing techniques – Award of grant by Innovate UK

Applied Quantum Computing together with its collaborators Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, The Public Service Consultants (the PSC) and the National Quantum Computing Centre have been awarded a grant by Innovate UK, part of UKRI to research the feasibility of developing operational healthcare applications making use of quantum computing techniques.  The research project is due to complete by 30 November 2024 and was awarded as part of the Feasibility Studies in Quantum Computing Applications funding competition.

The collaborating partners have already worked together on a Proof of Concept which demonstrated that there are many such procedural tasks where quantum computing has the potential to offer improved efficiencies.

8 August 2023

How can quantum computing be applied to operational healthcare?

Applied Quantum Computing together with its partner The PSC have published a White paper entitled How can quantum computing be applied to operational healthcare? It identifies a selection of operational processes in the health sector which lend themselves to benefiting from an optimisation approach making use of quantum computing techniques.  It also considers which processes might offer the most benefit taking account of how frequently each process is undertaken and the relative ease of implementation in a healthcare setting.  Examples of identified processes include the location of Vaccination centres during a pandemic and the allocation of patients to alternative Urgent care treatment centres.

The paper can be accessed here.

13 March 2023

Award of National Quantum Computing Centre grant

Applied Quantum Computing together with its collaborators have recently been awarded a Proof of Concept grant funded by the National Quantum Computing Centre (“NQCC”) to investigate the application of quantum computing techniques to use cases in the field of Operational Healthcare.

The UK NHS brings together many complex procedural tasks at a large scale on an everyday basis.  Intrinsically many of the processes involved in delivering these services involve a form of optimisation to ensure available service capacity and patient benefit are jointly maximised.  Many of these processes have the potential for quantum computational techniques to be able to deliver improved solutions.

With the help of this grant we and our partners will identify potential use cases and complete a proof of concept demonstration of how quantum computing techniques can be beneficially applied.

23 November 2022

Using a quantum computer to solve a real-world problem – what can be achieved today?

Applied Quantum Computing today published a paper on arxiv.org which seeks to explain some of the quantum computing methods currently being explored in the current NISQ (Noisy Intermediate Scale Quantum computing) era of quantum computing.  In the paper we consider a small scale real-world problem in the form of how to optimally position 2 ambulances on a 2D grid of potential locations.  We investigate the application of quantum gate and quantum annealing methods to the problem as well as the performance of 2 general purpose classical solvers.  The paper is designed to be able to be understood by business professionals with an interest in quantum computing but who may not have studied a formal post-graduate course of direct relevance.

The paper can be accessed here.