Exploring algorithms, data analytics and regulatory governance

This Wellcome Trust funded project involves undertaking a series of activities with regulatory, computing and digital technology innovators, which are designed to explore the ways in which Big Data and Machine Learning Algorithms are transforming the healthcare and professional regulatory landscapes.

Two ‘horizon scanning’ questions drive its activity:

i. What new opportunities for collaboration between the public, professional, technological and financial sectors are emerging in the healthcare and regulatory spheres as a consequence of contemporary developments in machine learning and data science?

ii. In what ways could regulatory performance management and disciplinary tribunal processes and decision-making in the future become partially (or even wholly) subject to automated regulatory algorithms overseen by artificially intelligent neural networks?

The project will publish a report of its activity in February 2019. If you are interested in receiving a copy of the report please contact Dr Marty Chamberlain.

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Hacking the Regulator

22nd March 2018 - 9.30am-3.30pm at the Wellcome Trust

Big data, mobile tech and apps, medical software programmes, machine learning algorithms and A.I. deep learning tools are disruptive technologies that are transforming the delivery and quality assurance of health services.

This event will examine their potential to transform the ways in which health practitioners are regulated by professional bodies such as the General Medical Council. It brings together academics and tech developers, start-ups, and entrepreneurs, with the goal of producing a digital blue print for future potential collaborative activity with professional associations, such as the Royal College of Physicians, and health and social care regulators, such as the Professional Standards Association.

Confirmed participants include representatives from the General Medical Council, the Care Quality Commission; the Solicitors Regulation Authority; NHS Digital; ADRC Wales; the FARR Institute (Cypher); the Royal College of Physicians Health Informatics Unit; Dryson Technologies Group; DeepMind Health; Megalist; Strillobyte; WePredict; the Health Foundary; Digital Catapult; Kheiron Medical.

Outputs will be presented on the 18th April 2018 to representatives from regulatory bodies, professional associations and the NHS. 

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Algorithmic Regulation

18th April 2018 9.30am-3.30pm at the Professional Standards Authority

This workshop focuses on providing participants with the opportunity to discuss and reflect upon project activity to date and includes presentations from key players in the data science, health and machine learning fields; including the Behavioural Insights Team; Microsoft Healthcare NExT; Google DeepMind; and Amazon Research Cambridge.

The workshop will stimulate networking and collaboration between tech industry and regulatory professional bodies.  The goal being to identify a common ground from which to move forward over the following months with a clearer long term vision of what the future digital health landscape and regulatory spheres might entail.

Confirmed participants senior representatives from: the Medicine and Healthcare Regulatory Authority; the Care Quality Commission; NHS Digital; NICE; Dame Fiona Caldicott’s National Data Guardian Panel; the British Medical Association; the Professional Standards Authority; the General Medical Council; the General Dental Council; the General Pharmaceutical Council; the General Optical Council; the General Osteopathic Council; the Nursing and Midwifery Council; the Health and Social Care Professions Council; the Royal Society; the Royal Society of Medicine; the Academy of Medical Colleges; the Royal College of Surgeons; the Royal College of Physicians; the Royal College of General Practitioners; the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health; the Royal College of Nursing; the Faculty of Public Health;; the Faculty of Clinical Informatics; and the Royal College of Physicians Health Informatics Unit.

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Hacking Back

‌18th July 2018 - 9.30am-3.30pm - Royal College of Physicians

This showcase event gives academics, practitioners and members of the public the opportunity to respond to previous event outcomes and brainstorm how core 'good governance' notions of trust, transparency and accountability might shift as a result of the shift toward Algorithmic Regulation in the field of Health. In doing so, it will explore what the implications of new technologies for the future of the professions might be - could professional regulators become deskilled in the same way as the expert groups they monitor are in danger of doing?

The showcase also includes a workshop element designed to promote collaboration between health technology innovators and regulatory and government bodies via offering proposed plans of work access to two competitive cherish-de funding schemes: Product/Service Development funding & Industry placement scheme. Interested parties should contact Marty Chamberlain and Jay Doyle to find out more.

Project activity will be disseminated in a variety of formats and forums. Including at:

The Professional Standards Authority Academic and Research conference 2018: ‘Fitness to Practise’.  

Date:  8th and 9th March 2018

Location: Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park 


For enquires about the project, please contact Dr Marty Chamberlain

Email: j.m.chamberlain

Twitter: @JMChamberlain

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