Exploring AI in health and care – how do we get it right? Bristol Health Partners

Ben Goldacre Natalie Banner Deborah El-Sayed on stage

In November 2018, 340 people came together at Bristol City Hall to hear about Artificial Intelligence in Health and Care.

The event, hosted by Bristol Health Partners and co-developed with John Kellas and Sophie Taysom, set out to explore just some of the opportunities and challenges posed by artificial intelligence in health and care.

As well as co-developing the event, we produced a pre-brief outlining where we are in the UK, and in Bristol, on these issues, with a clear focus on cutting through the hype.

For the event, we produced a publicly available briefing, AI in health and care: How do we get it right?

Speakers included:

  • Dr Ben Goldacre, science journalist and Chair of Government’s new health technology advisory board
  • Dr Natalie Banner, Lead – Understanding Patient Data
  • Deborah El-Sayed, Director of Transformation, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group

And the emerging themes included:

  • The language of AI and public attitudes
  • The importance of data
  • The local context

You can read the event report here.

From here we produced a number of suggested way forward, culminating in a successful event held with analysts from across health, local authorities and academic organisations to explore how we can advance analytics locally.