Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare

Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to transform how healthcare is delivered. Yet we need to understand the impact of AI on the healthcare landscape to pave the way for the adoption of AI solutions at scale. That’s why EIT Health is exploring two particular topics – the practical application of ethical considerations for innovators using AI and the impact of AI on healthcare organisations and the workforce.

The benefits of AI are many: accelerating the development of life‐saving treatments, supporting improvements in patient care, and allowing healthcare professionals to spend more time with patients. At the same time, AI can increase productivity and efficiency of care delivery.

For example, a 2019 study reported in The Lancet Oncology has shown the accuracy of an AI system in diagnosing prostate cancer in tissue samples. The system was developed by the team behind Stockholm3 and OncoWatch, two projects supported by EIT Health. The AI system was comparable with 23 international, leading uropathologists in determining the Gleason score, the most important prognostic marker for prostate cancer.

The full potential of AI is still being discussed, but questions have been raised about its potential impact on practitioners and certain specialties, while issues around ethics, use of personal data and AI-related risks are also being considered.

Round Table Series 2020

Healthcare Workforce and Organisational Transformation with AI – Enacting Change

 

Following the publication of a joint pan-EU report between EIT Health and McKinsey & Company; ‘Transforming healthcare with AI: the impact on the workforce and organisations’, key participants from our Europe-wide network will now further explore how these recommendations could be translated at the national level as part of our 2020 Round Table Series. Research and Round Table discussions will take place across seven regions in Europe from September – November, and will explore barriers and enablers for the successful adoption of AI at a member state level, on-the-ground impact of AI, and ultimately help to outline a national plan of action to accelerate the integration of AI in healthcare. In addition, participants will consider the role the EU could play in encouraging greater adoption of AI in healthcare, and how practitioners and providers can be best supported to fully embrace its potential.

The 2020 meetings will be co-chaired by Farzana Rahman (CEO, London Imaging Network), Zineb Nouns (Vice President for Human Development, Fresenius Helios Hospitals Group), and Charlotte Stix (Coordinator for the European Commission’s High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence)

Round Table meetings in 2020:

We will be adding further information and material on the Series to this page over the coming weeks – check back to find out more.

Publications

Transforming Healthcare with AI: The Impact on the Workforce and Organisations

Our joint publication with McKinsey & Company explores the impact of AI on healthcare practitioners, and the implications of introducing and scaling AI for healthcare organisations and healthcare systems across Europe.

The publication offers a unique perspective of public and private sector decision-makers and thought leaders based on bespoke research including interviews and a survey.

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AI and Ethics in the Health Innovation Community

Building on the guidelines developed by the European Commission’s High-Level Group on AI in 2018, we examine how healthcare professionals are handling data in the AI space.

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Contribution to the discussion on the European Commission’s Data Strategy and AI White Paper

Following the European Commission’s White Paper on AI and the Communication on a European Strategy for Data of 19 February 2020, a small Consultative Group comprised of senior leaders from the EIT Health network, submitted a detailed set of recommendations to the EC to help inform the ongoing development of EU strategy on data and AI. The EIT Health contribution sets out key areas of input to EU policy makers in response to the particular regulatory and policy needs of AI and data-rich solutions in health and healthy aging.

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Videos

Transforming Healthcare with AI: The Impact on the Workforce and Organisations
Hear from industry experts on the impact of AI on healthcare, which can reduce the administrative burden and free up more time for clinicians to spend with patients. AI is also creating a need for trained, hybrid professionals to work collaboratively across large-scale datasets to enhance patient outcomes.

Transforming Healthcare with AI: The Impact on the Workforce and Organisations
Hear from industry experts on the impact of AI on healthcare, which can reduce the administrative burden and free up more time for clinicians to spend with patients. AI is also creating a need for trained, hybrid professionals to work collaboratively across large-scale datasets to enhance patient outcomes.

Opinion Pieces

Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare

AI: How will it impact the healthcare workforce?

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