Artificial intelligence has been developed which can predict which hospital patients who are most likely to miss their appointments.
The algorithm, created by University College Hospital in London, used records of 22,000 appointments for MRI scans and was able to identify 90 per cent of those who would not attend.
Consultant at the hospital, Parashkev Nachev, said the calculations could save £3 per appointment as well as cutting waiting times.
The Guardian reports the hospital will roll out a system based on the artificial intelligence which would see patients likely to miss appointments given a phone call.
The paper said that currently the hospital has to call 11 people to prevent one appointment being missed, but this figure could be reduced to five.