Artificial Intelligence (AI) in healthcare is already a reality. Healthcare providers have embedded the technology into their workflows and the decision-making process.
The introduction of AI in healthcare has brought improvements for patients, providers, payers and other healthcare stakeholders as well as society large.
In order to realise the full benefits of AI in healthcare COCIR believes further work is needed on a range of priority topics.
Even though data is all around us, it can be challenging to get access to the highly qualitative data that is essential to build effective AI applications. To ensure a level playing field and spur innovation, it is vital that access to high quality data is ensured in a fair, transparent and non-discriminatory way.
It is important to have a robust and regulatory framework that provides certainty and safety as new technologies are being developed and introduced into the market. Standards and definitions should be endorsed on a European level to ensure interoperability and avoid fragmentation.
Trust will play a crucial role in the further uptake of AI in daily healthcare practice. This will require a transparent ethical framework that favors a human-centric approach.
There is a clear need to build awareness on the possibilities and benefits the development and deployment of AI offers. More communication is needed on new and existing use cases.
In the end, more AI applications should find their way into daily healthcare practice. To make these implementations successful, integration should be carefully considered.
COCIR is committed to engage in a broad dialogue with all relevant stakeholders (healthcare providers and professionals, patients, payers, industry, policy makers and others) to overcome any barriers that withhold further adoption of AI in healthcare.