How the AI Act could unintentionally impact access to healthcare - Privacy Community
MedTech Europe welcomes the efforts made by the European institutions towards giving citizens the confidence to embrace AI solutions. As the negotiations continue, further consideration is needed to ensure safe and innovative patient healthcare delivery.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) promises to support humans daily, assist with routine tasks, and advance human knowledge. It has great potential to improve patient outcomes and healthcare systems.

Alexander Olbrechts is Director Digital Health at MedTech Europe.

AI solutions are found in wearables or imaging devices that help predict heart failures, continuously monitor glucose levels, skin cancer self-scanning solutions, or personalised apps that provide ad-hoc counselling to help change health-related behaviour. It is also used in robot-assisted surgeries and to optimise clinical trials by using real-world data in patient recruitment. A recent study commissioned by MedTech Europe showed that AI in healthcare could save around 400 000 lives annually and up to 200 billion Euros in Europe. …

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