News  |    |  January 21, 2020

Five guiding principles for responsible use of AI in healthcare and healthy living

News article by Henk van Houten.
Published by Royal Philips News.


As artificial intelligence (AI) is beginning to make its mark on healthcare, questions around the ethical and responsible use of AI have moved to the forefront of debate. To what extent can we rely on AI algorithms when it comes to matters of life and death or personal health and well-being? How do we safeguard that these algorithms are used for the intended purposes? And how do we ensure that AI does not inadvertently discriminate against specific cultures, minorities, or other groups, thereby perpetuating inequalities in access and quality of care? 

These questions are far too important to be answered in hindsight. They compel us to think through proactively – as an industry and as individual actors – how we can best advance AI in healthcare and healthy living to the benefit of consumers, patients, and care professionals, while avoiding unintended consequences. [ . . . ]

The five principles for responsible use of AI in Healthcare and Healthy Living are:

  • Well-Being
  • Oversight
  • Robustness
  • Fairness
  • Transparency