The last 11th November has been published by the European Commission the Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare report, which provides an overview of national strategies, the uses and plans for AI in healthcare, and stakeholder views.
The study presents an overview of the development, adoption and use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies and applications in the healthcare sector across all Member States. Its main aim was to support the European Commission in identifying and addressing any issues that might be hindering the wider adoption of AI technologies in the healthcare sector. The study will help the Commission to take action to achieve its long-term goal on the effective implementation of AI in the healthcare sector, based around common legislation and policy framework.
The study has highlighted 6 categories where the European Commission is suggested to focus to support the development and adoption of AI technologies in the healthcare sector across the EU. These include:
- a policy and legal framework supporting the further development and adoption of AI aimed at the healthcare sector in particular;
- initiatives supporting further investment in the area;
- actions and initiatives that will enable the access, use and exchange of healthcare data with a view to using AI;
- initiatives to upskill healthcare professionals and to educate AI developers on current clinical practices and needs;
- actions addressing culture issues and building trust in the use of AI in the healthcare sector;
- policies supporting the translation of research into clinical practice.
Moreover, a Report of Country Factsheets were published presenting an overview of the current situation in each EU Member State with regards to the development, adoption and use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies and applications in the healthcare sector.
The factsheets aim to support the European Commission in identifying the current state of development and adoption of AI in the healthcare sector in each Member State and identify any differences that might bring to light specific challenges and obstacles to the wider adoption across the EU.
The country factsheets are based on an analysis of the relevant legislation and policy framework around AI in each Member State. They look at the research and innovation landscape of each country in the area of AI in healthcare, the presence of cross-border collaborations in research, the start-up ecosystem in each country, and the awareness around AI technologies in the healthcare sector based on social media mentions.
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