Dr Sophie Taysom is an independent policy analyst at Keyah Consulting. She has a keen interest in bringing innovation and policy to life, and is passionate about AI in health and care, and the opportunities and challenges it brings. She is a regular writer at Medium. Here she reflects on the discussions at the Bristol Health Partners AI in Health and Care: How do we get it right? event that took place on 28 November.
How do we use technology for public good? What are the opportunities and challenges? These were just some of the questions discussed at the Bristol Health Partner’s event, AI in health and care: how do we get it right? The event, held on 28 November 2018 in Bristol City Hall, was attended by over 340 people.
This round-up of the event provides a sketch of some of the key issues, themes and questions emerging from the evening, and some Twitter highlights. You can continue the conversation on Twitter @BristolHealthP or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The event’s proceedings were kicked off by Lisa King, the Chief Operating Officer for Bristol Health Partners, and Chaired by Julian Walker, R&D Director, Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust. It was hosted by Bristol Health Partners, a unique and strategic collaboration between the city region's major health and academic institutions, covering the Bristol, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire area.
What is clear when speaking about Artificial Intelligence (AI) is that narratives swing from the outlandish to the terrifying. But in cutting through the hype, there is a real sense of optimism about the potential of AI based technologies to positively impact on health and care.
Underpinning this is a need for what will be a long running conversation about the opportunities, and ethical and technical challenges, that AI brings.
The speakers for the event were:
Themes emerging included:
Download the full event report (PDF) for more details on all these themes and what the different speakers touched on.
This event is just the start of the discussion. Bristol Health Partners is considering the issues raised about how we can use data to make people’s lives better, and what’s needed to make this happen.
One immediate action is for Bristol Health Partners to consider how to move forward on the supporting the people that will make this happen – access to training, creating career paths, and creating networks for data analysts; and support them to pool their skills and knowledge openly, in public, and collaboratively.
And there are also a number of questions that need to be discussed and taken forward as raised during the talks and by members of the audience. These include but are not limited to:
With a huge thanks to all those who participated. And remember, you can share your thoughts via Twitter @BristolHealthP or email email@example.com. We used #AIhealthcare on the night.
An inspiring talk from @debselsayedd reassuring me that this beautiful city is not only the place I love to call home but can also be where I develop an exciting and meaningful career in AI in healthcare. #aihealthcare #bristol @BristolHealthP— Dr. Yvette Pyne
"Algorithms are only an opinion expressed in logic & can contain bias.. " @debselsayedd exploring huge challenges & opportunities of #AI #MachineLearning in transforming how we do #healthcare. #Bristol leading the way with lots of activity: #Sphere #BristolIsOpen 2 name a few