Meet the Team: Avianna Laws
Avianna is NCIMI's Clinical Research Manager.
What is your job and what does it entail?
My role at NCIMI is to support the development, set-up and delivery of projects across the NCIMI data collection centre network.
What do you enjoy about working with NCIMI?
Having worked for the NHS for almost a decade, I've experienced some of the delays and burdens on our healthcare system first-hand. Since joining the team at NCIMI, it's given me the opportunity to work with like-minded individuals and teams who all share the same passion to be at the forefront of a new field in healthcare imaging that could alleviate some of these pressures.
I've particularly enjoyed getting involved in our collaborative projects with the Behavioural Architects, EthoX and Future Care Capital and I welcome more information addressing the public concerns around the appropriate and ethical use of patient data, and the clinical, social and economic value of data from an NHS perspective.
What are the greatest challenges of your role?
The space we occupy is increasingly far ahead of where the current regulations are, so trying to fit our work into the existing frameworks requires original thinking and careful planning. It's important that valuable opportunities to implement AI are not delayed whilst also ensuring new technologies are implemented properly and safely.
What do you think the future of AI in healthcare is?
The use of augmented 'artificial' intelligence has a huge part to play in the future of healthcare, and we're only at the beginning of seeing what some of these subsets can do. Enabling individuals and companies with innovative ideas to access the rich source of data we have in our hospitals will allow us to tap into those subtle and complex patterns across our patient populations. I'm particularly looking forward to seeing how AI can drive personalised medicine, moving away from a 'one-size fits all' approach and improving the patient experience.
What do you do in your spare time?
When not at work, my partner and I are registered foster carers for sibling groups and emergency placements in the local area. When the house is a little quieter, I enjoy spending time with my 2 year old daughter who is learning about horticulture by growing her own fruit and vegetables in the garden which we use in our baking and cooking. At the end of April I'll be taking a short hiatus from NCIMI to welcome a little boy into our family.