On January 24, 2020, eLaw attended the Annual Conference on Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP) in Brussels, Belgium. The overarching theme of the 13th edition was “Data Protection and Artificial Intelligence,” and our colleague Dr. E. Fosch-Villaronga organized a panel on AI, Healthcare, and the Law within the scope of his Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant on Healthcare Robots and AI.
The panel addressed the legal and ethical questions on the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies in healthcare. Typical applications of such systems include personalized diagnosis, early disease detection, hospitalization risk prediction, and pattern discovery, and the overall goal is to help deliver a safer, more efficient, and personalized care. However, these technologies process vast amounts of data that can learn from experience, and self-improve their performance over time, challenging the applicability of traditional regulations that were not designed for progressive and adaptive AI. Since automated processing of data can evaluate, analyze, and predict health-related outcomes, not only data protection but also the safety of the individual might be compromised.
In this respect, the panel explored the suitability of the existing legal framework for the increasing development and use of AI in healthcare, giving concrete examples of care applications, identifying specific problems, and discussing with the audience potential solutions. In the end, Dr. E. Fosch-Villaronga stressed that, in the end, we have to ‘make kindness the norm’ if we want to enjoy the potential benefits of these technologies and, at the same time, protect user’s rights.
If you missed the CPDP panel because you could not be there, you could enjoy it today here:
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If you want to know more about the panelists, here you have the list of their names and their short biographies:
• Dr. Robin L. Pierce: Associate Professor at the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT) in The Netherlands
• Dr. Marcello Ienca: Research Fellow at the Department of Health Sciences and Technology at ETH Zurich, Switzerland.
• Dr. Davit Chokoshvili: Regulatory Affairs and Bioethics Manager at Megeno, a Luxembourg-based biotechnology company enabling genome-informed preventive medicine and health maintenance
• Mrs. Cristina Anderson: Develor Productions Oy, currently working as an expert Finnish National Programme for AI and Robotics in Healthcare and Wellbeing with the Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health