About this event

  • Date and time Wed 21 Jun 2023 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Digital Health

Clinicians need to be better informed about artificial intelligence (AI) as this technology is being adopted across health and care and continues to progress rapidly. It is important for clinicians to ensure that the technology is used for the benefit of patients and to assist us in providing equitable and good quality care now and in the future. We also need to be aware of some of the risks and unintended consequences of using AI. This event will discuss the development of machine learning and artificial intelligence, outline their applications to healthcare and debate the need for ethical guidelines and regulation. 

Participants of this event will:

  • Gain a basic understanding of machine learning and AI 
  • Gain knowledge of how AI is applied to healthcare: current and potential future? 
  • Understand how data drives AI and the bias within the data 
  • Recognise how ML and AI can lead to errors and harm 
  • Consider the ethical issues in relation to the use of AI in healthcare 
  • Discussion about regulation and governance of AI in healthcare and the broader society

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Key speakers

Dr Sandra L J Johnson

Paediatrician in Child Development and Clinical Academic, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, University of Sydney, Australia

Speaker's biography

Sandra L J Johnson is paediatrician at Child Development Paediatrics (private practice) and clinical academic in the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences at the University of Sydney. She is Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine UK, Fellow of Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health UK (RCPCH), Fellow of Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP), Fellow of Australasian College of Legal Medicine (ACLM) and Honorary Fellow of American College of Legal Medicine (CLM). She was the President of the Australasian College of Legal Medicine in 2018 and 2019. 

Sandra is the main author of the textbook: "A clinical handbook on child development paediatrics published by Elsevier in 2012 and she self-published a book in 2013 for parents: "Your child's development." 

Sandra represented the RACP for the Australian National Children's Digital Health Collaborative work on Health records, she is member of the RACP Digital Health Advisory Group, and she is the RACP representative to the Australian Institute of Digital Health for the Clinical Informatics Fellowship Program. 

Her personal research in Al technology spans 8 years. She did a keynote address at the American College of Legal Medicine conference in February 2019 on "AI, Machine Learning and Ethics in Healthcare" and she has a published article on this topic in Journal of Legal Medicine (JLM). In 2022 her article on "Al in Healthcare: the challenge of Regulation" was published in JLM. 

Sandra has focussed on Al in Healthcare with respect to ethics, regulation and governance. She is passionate about sharing what she has learned. She believes that the education of doctors and health professionals in the field of Al is essential in view of the rapid expansion of this technology and its increasing importance in Medicine.


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Session 1

Keynote lecture

Dr Sandra Johnson, Paediatrician in Child Development and Clinical Academic, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, University of Sydney, Australia

Panel discussion

Professor Gillian Leng, Dean, Royal Society of Medicine, Ms Alison Hall, Senior Humanities Advisor, PHG Foundation, University of Cambridge, Dr Hugh Harvey, Managing Director, Hardian Health, Mr Georgios Onisiforou, Head of AI Research and Ethics, NHS England, Ms Jessica Morley, Health Data Academic, University of Oxford and Ms Mhairi Aitken, Ethics Fellow, The Alan Turing Institute

Closing remarks
Close of meeting

Networking drinks


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom


Registration for this event will close on 20 June 2023 at 1:00am (BST). Late registrations will not be accepted. 

The agenda is subject to change at any time  

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