EIT Health‘s key recommendations include improving collaboration and exchanging good practices across the EU, building networks and infrastructure to support AI integration, improving training and skills, and developing financial models that incorporate AI and recognize long-term cost savings.
On a broader level, EIT Health is pushing for a stronger data infrastructure in the EU, to share data, track diseases, diagnose faster and develop new and better AI-based solutions.
The challenge of the pandemic has undoubtedly helped accelerate the growth, adoption and scaling of AI in European healthcare systems, forcing the removal of some barriers as stakeholders have sought to collaborate and deliver care both rapidly and remotely. There has been an increase in the use of digital tools, such as telemedicine, enabling remote consultation with patients, as well as greater openness to data sharing. In addition, there has been an overall re-evaluation of the role of AI solutions and an acceleration in the uptake of AI applications, alongside greater investment in the AI sector. This momentum should be harnessed in the context of AI to ensure that it can continue to benefit healthcare systems now and in the future.