Healthcare IT News July 28, 2021
Tammy Lovell

New ethics guidance cautions against overestimating the benefits of technology.

A World Health Organisation (WHO) report has cautioned against overestimating the benefits of artificial intelligence (AI) for health at the expense of core investments and strategies to achieve universal health coverage.

The new guidance, Ethics & Governance of Artificial Intelligence for Health, is the result of two years of consultations held by a panel of international experts appointed by WHO. 

It argues that ethics and human rights must be put at the heart of AI’s design, deployment, and use if the technology is to improve the delivery of healthcare worldwide.

Although there are many opportunities for AI, the report points out associated challenges and risks, including unethical collection and use...

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