Anaesthesia 2018 | Big data, AI and the changing face of medicine podcast

This talk was recorded on the 23rd May 2018.

Can artificial intelligence drive new changes in care and the value of big data? We’re already comfortable with using tools that help us to do our job better, what are the opportunities and pitfalls related to this new technology?

Are we ready yet for big data? The changes it may cause are staggering but equally; nuance is the friend of truth, do we have enough ‘data literacy’ to handle it all? Also – can the way you pronounce ‘scone’ give you an idea of your life expectancy?

How do we balance privacy concerns with the need for data to be accessible? Can such information be truly anonymised? Discussion moves here to ‘Google flu tracker’ and its, initially quite good, results.

Finally how do doctors adapt to the new world where they are being told in front of their patients what the right course of action is? Will patients retain trust in the Doctor’s decisions?

Taken from day two of our coverage of the Royal College of Anaesthetists’ annual conference at The British Museum in London. Presented by Desiree Chappell, Monty Mythen and Joff Lacey, with their guest Professor Iain Moppett, Professor of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine, University of Nottingham.

Recorded by TopMed Talk


Professor Monty Mythen
Smiths Medical Professor of Anaesthesia and Critical Care, University College London London, UK

Professor Monty Mythen is the Smiths Medical Professor of Anaesthesia and Critical Care at University College London and Adjunct Professor, Department of Anaesthesiology, Duke University, US. Monty is also the founding Director of Evidence-Based Perioperative Medicine International.

Dr Joff Lacey
St George's Hospital, London

Joff (Jonathan) Lacey is a registrar in anaesthesia at St George's Hospital in London, and is currently undertaking a fellowship in Perioperative medicine at UCLH

Professor Iain Moppett
Deputy Director, Health Services Research Centre and University of Nottingham Clinical Associate, Faculty of Medicine and Health Science University Hospital Nottingham

Iain Moppett is an academic anaesthetist with a research interest in improving the perioperative care of patients with hip fracture. His research includes the Nottingham Hip Fracture Score for prediction of post-operative mortality. He has ongoing clinical studies into perioperative fluid management, analgesia, the role of intravenous iron and blood pressure control. Iain is on the editorial board of the BJA and sits on the NIAA research council. He is deputy director of the Health Services Research Centre.

Desiree Chappell

Board of Directors, American Society of Enhanced Recovery (ASER). A passionate ambassador of Enhanced Recovery and Perioperative Care. Desiree is the creator of the popular Roundtable perioperative care blog.