AHSN Network AI Initiative update
Throughout 2018, the AHSN Network AI Initiative has been busy building the awareness of the potential of AI, understanding major enablers and barriers for AI to inform policy and create an ecosystem of experts and innovators in data and AI.
What have we done so far?
- We conducted a national survey and from this, devised the AI Map, highlighting where AI is being deployed and the compelling use cases in health and care
- We published 'Accelerating Artificial Intelligence in health and care: results from a state of the nation survey', which was launched at the NHS Expo on 6 September. The report ended up becoming a collaborative effort between the AHSN AI team, NHS England and the Department of Health and Social Care, and received support from Lord Shaughnessy and Secretary of State, Matt Hancock. The report also includes the AI Complexity Scale, created by Jeremy Wyatt, Professor of Robotics and AI
- We held an event at the Wellcome Trust, Real World Solutions to Move the Hype of AI into Sustainable Impact in Health, that focused on the action plan for the next stage to address immediate and longer term solutions necessary from an organisational, funding an d policy perspective to build a sustainable ecosystem for the NHS to deliver better health for people in the UK.
So, what's next for 2019?
We are hugely excited to be entering the second phase of the AI Initiative and have some important meetings scheduled, including:
- The AHSN Network meeting: on 28 January we are convening a meeting with the AI and digital leads of the AHSNs to hear what everyone is doing in AI and obtain their input for the 2019 programme.
- The Core Advisory Group Meeting: the next AI AHSN Initiative Core Advisory Group meeting will be on 6 February to plan the 2019 programme. Minutes of this meeting will be available on the AHSN Network AI Microsite.
These meetings will inform how we develop the next version of the survey to inform the 2nd edition of the AI Map and Report.
We are also planning to take a delegation on a study tour at the invitation of Estonia's Ministry for Social Affairs and Finland's Innovation Fund, SITRA, to learn from them how they are overcoming barriers to AI developments by promoting open standards/data projects, e-citizen initiatives and blockchain enabled health & care ecosystems.
We are also excited to be involved again at this year's Cog X festival on 8 – 12 June, this time in an even bigger way, so be sure to join us there!
As our initiative is growing fast and gaining traction, we would love for you to get involved in any way that you can.
If you want to learn more about what we are doing, or to help us to develop contacts, grow the ecosystem and expand this exciting project - we would love to hear from you! All you need to do is drop us a line here!