Sarah Culkin

AI in the NHS

AI and other innovative uses of data have the potential to revolutionise healthcare, but perhaps not in the ways people assume. This session will reflect on emerging NHS England policy of how AI could work well in the NHS. It will also touch on some of the preliminary research and development projects being explored by our own data scientists.

Following a PhD in Chemistry, Sarah joined the Government Operational Research Service and held a range of analytical and research positions both at the Department of Health and in the NHS. In 2015 she established and led a Data Science Unit within the Department of Health where she developed, amongst other things, a project that used Google search patterns to successfully predict hospital admissions for Pneumonia and the corresponding pressure on A&E over winter. Sarah is currently Strategic Data Lead at NHS England, where she is involved in establishing and supporting Data Science capacity, and is a member of a working party developing policy for AI in the NHS.

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