EATG endorses a EUHPP Joint Statement which focuses on actions needed to benefit from the potential of AI in health while protecting key populations.
A Joint Statement of the European Union (EU) Health Policy Platform Thematic Network* 2022-23, Navigating Health Inequalities in the EU through Artificial Intelligence (AI), published on Wednesday 19 April 2023,focuses on actions needed to benefit from the potential of AI in health while protecting key populations.
The use of AI in the health sector is rapidly growing. Whilst the use of AI in health has shown some demonstrable benefits and improvements in specific healthcare areas, such as health data management, diagnosis in cardiovascular diseases, and certain types of cancer, there is growing evidence of the potential risks of AI for patients’ health, wellbeing, and fundamental rights in the absence of an appropriate legislative or governance framework. AI especially poses risks to key populations, who may face specific vulnerabilities and multiple, layering patterns of inequalities, related to age, gender identity, sexual orientation, cultural identity, ethnicity, and race, (digital) literacy, disability and (mental) health status, residence status, and who may already face barriers and inequalities in accessing healthcare, potentially increasing health inequities in the EU.
The Joint Statement highlights specific concerns about health AI, which include:
The Joint Statement calls for a number of general and specific measures to be taken by the EU institutions, including:
For more information on key populations, concerns and recommendations, and a list of endorsing organisations/individuals, please see the Joint Statement.
Source : HAI
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