Discussions  |  ,   |  October 27, 2019

The Role of AI in Healthcare Innovation: Ethical Challenges of AI Innovation

Runtime 93 minutes

Panel Discussion at the World Health Summit 2019. Hosted by EIT Health (European Institute for Innovation and Technology). Runtime 93 minutes.

Numerous innovations that build on Artificial Intelligence and other technologies such as the Internet of Things and Nanotechnologies are developing and already getting adopted in the health and care sectors. At the same time policy-makers internationally are under pressure to address ethical challenges raised by these technologies. Currently there is much focus on Artificial Intelligence. The European Commission’s High-Level Group on Ethics and AI recently published their guidance. The incoming European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen intends to put forward AI legislation in the first 100 days of her mandate.

EIT Health has volunteered to put the EU’s AI and Ethics guidelines to the test. Utilising AI-related health innovation projects as test cases and interrogating the potential practical utilisation of these guidelines aims to identify how they can be implemented and where shortcomings exist. This is a first in examining the concrete application of these guidelines in a highly relevant sector. The world is closely following Europe’s path into ethics and AI, in terms of guidance and law. Many are wondering whether this guidance will become as relevant internationally as Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation for privacy.

Chaired by Prof. Dr. Paul Timmers University of Oxford | Chief Advisor EIT Health | United Kingdom European Policy Centre | Senior Advisor | United Kingdom


  • Umar Naeem Ahmad Abtrace | CEO | United Kingdom
  • Hila Azadzoy Ada Health GmbH | Managing Director, Global Health Initiatives | Germany
  • Jan-Philipp Beck EIT Health | Chief Executive Officer | Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Peter Dabrock German Ethics Council | Chair German Ethics Council | Germany
  • Susanne Dehmel BITKOM | Managing Director Law and Security | Germany
  • Dr. Hans Hofstraat Philips Research | Vice President Research | The Netherlands
  • Marco Marsella European Commission | Head of the eHealth, Well-Being and Ageing Unit | Belgium
  • Prof. Dr. Paul F. M. J. Verschure Catalan Institute for Bioengineering of Catalunya (IBEC)) | Specs-Lab Director | Spain