A Strategy for the adoption of safe AI at scale


Our client was an innovative and ground breaking NHS trust that has ambitious aims to bring together the best expertise, knowledge and healthcare to make a real impact for its community. A major component of the client’s digital strategy is Artificial Intelligence (AI) and in this respect Tektology were asked to develop an AI strategy that focuses on ‘Safety First’ with a clear ambition to build a national/ global reputation for leading the safe development, use and management of AI in health.   

Our client had already established an innovation unit and produced a digital strategy for the organisation. There was a desire amongst the Executive to establish an artificial intelligence (AI) capability, and to become a recognised leader in the use of AI for clinical and research purposes. However, they did not have a clear vision or an understanding of what would be required to reorient the organisation to adopt safe AI at scale.

Tektology were selected as consultants for this ground-breaking work because of the highly specialist nature of the consultancy, operating in the disciplines which address digitally enabled transformation and the human factors which create successful digital initiatives.  Tektology was prepared to think beyond technology and consider the other prerequisites for digital deployments.  As such the project addressed subjects such as:


•Tektology applied its strategic assessment model to support the shaping of the strategy in` the context of the wider trust strategy/ ambition. Tektology focused on Safety as the golden thread to the strategy, utilising the Tektology AI Life Cycle Management model to help explore areas where the trust may wish to focus its efforts.  Tektology brought leading thinkers and developers of AI who work to resolve real world problems in many industries including healthcare to help drive the thinking behind the strategy. 

•The AI strategy built on direction of the clients overall corporate and digital strategies and involved input from a broad range of stakeholders across the organisation, patient representatives and the broader community. Over a series of interviews and an interactive digital workshop stakeholders shaped a clear vision for how AI should be deployed. 


Defining of clear vision for AI in relation to the digital strategy and data strategy 

Defining of clear strategic AI priorities for Alder Hey and the foundational building blocks of their Governance, capability and Data

clear direction for Alder Hey and the foundations and frameworks to build safe effective AI in the future 

Importantly the strategy builds a clear blueprint for a phased execution, covering the changes required to organisational governance; the data and interoperability between the hospital and research partners; and capability building across the organisation.

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