Artificial intelligence will be “essential” in future healthcare

Merck presents the monograph ‘Artificial Intelligence in the field of Health. A new paradigm: clinical, ethical and legal aspects’.

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is already present in the healthcare field, but it still has a long way to go. In fact, its use will become “essential” in future health care, which will also help to have a “higher quality” doctor-patient relationship.

This has been one of the main conclusions drawn from the meeting organized by the company Merck for the presentation of the monograph ‘Artificial Intelligence in the field of Health. A new paradigm: clinical, ethical and legal aspects’.

In his speech, Jaime del Barrio, president of the Digital Health Association, highlighted that AI “It is a necessary cultural change and that health professionals should lead”. In addition, he has insisted on the need to use the data because “they help decision-making”.

In this sense, Jesús García-Foncillas, director of Oncology at the Fundación Jiménez Díaz Hospital, pointed out that “AI and all technology is in itself a means and the end is the patient, so you have to put it at their service”.

AI will help”to make accurate diagnosis, to the accompaniment of older people… has come to help in health care, although the clinical decision will always be in the hands of the health professional”, recalled Del Barrio.

risks

During his speech, Federico de Montalvo, president of the Spanish Bioethics Committee, analyzed the risks associated with new technologies, such as cyber security. “The big question is whether we are prepared to face these challenges, if we have legal instruments”.

For his part, Del Barrio added that “AI is the exponent of a transversality of synergies, which forces us to adapt the rules so that its use is the most appropriate”.

De Montalvo has insisted that “we have to work within a governance framework between Farmaindustria, public authorities and patients”.