The EIT Health Think Tank planned a national Round Table Series to delve into the change needed on the ground
Since the publication of the EIT Health and McKinsey & Company report in March 2020, the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly already helped accelerate the growth of technology – including AI – in European healthcare systems. However, the broad scaling of AI across systems and countries, which could lead to significant efficiencies, remains rare. The barriers to such scaling were identified in the aforementioned report, and the EIT Health Think Tank planned a national Round Table Series to delve into the change needed on the ground, at health system level.
In exploring the findings from this report with national-level decision-makers representing key AI stakeholders, the 2020 Think Tank Round Table Series sought to establish concrete recommendations to drive greater acceptance of AI and its effective integration into healthcare systems. The insights from these discussions could now help harness this momentum so that AI can continue to benefit the health of European citizens and the systems that facilitate this, both now and in the future.
The ‘Healthcare Workforce and Organisational Transformation with AI – Enacting Change’ summary report from the Round Table Series outlines:
- The core priorities to be addressed at both Member State and EU levels – from improving knowledge, education and training concerning AI and its implementation, to the establishment of a robust data infrastructure across Europe.
- The actionable recommendations proposed for the six areas identified as levers for change in driving AI implementation, alongside the key stakeholders who could be drivers of those actions.
The report also provides greater context to the key points of debate among the Round Table participants that drove the recommendations, including the ethical considerations, with supporting case studies of existing projects and initiatives that were identified as positive examples or represented best practices in any given area.