Frances Griffiths trained in medicine at the University of Cambridge and King's College Hospital, London, and went on to become a general practitioner in Stockton-on-Tees. While working as a GP she undertook her PhD at the University of Durham, Department of Sociology and Social Policy. Frances joined the University of Warwick in 1998 where she developed her research interest in the impact of technology on the experience of health and healthcare. In 2003 she was awarded a Department of Health National Career Scientist Award to develop a programme of research on complexity and health. This led to collaborations with academics from mathematics, statistics, economics and organisational sciences. Frances provides social science input to clinical research on complex health issues such as back pain, headache and depression. She continues to lead research on use of technology in healthcare with particular focus on digital communication technology.
The scene is almost set for the widespread use of artificial intelligence in healthcare including diagnostics, prognostics, health management and information sharing. Social and ethical implications require more debate to ensure the public, patients and healthcare providers are prepared to accompany the innovators into this scene. Frances Griffiths is undertaking case studies within healthcare to inform this debate.