The Parliament’s Special Committee on Artificial Intelligence in a Digital Age (AIDA) adopted a report on Artificial Intelligence (AI) which emphasised that the digital transition in the EU must be human-centric and compatible with the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU.
The report includes multiple mentions of the potential of AI for health, including to reduce costs, increase patient safety and support personalised medicine. The adopted report now represents the Parliament’s opinion on AI.
It is expected that this report will guide some of the upcoming discussions for the Artificial Intelligence Act (AIA), released on 21 April 2021, which is being jointly addressed by the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) and the Civil Liberties, Justice, and Home Affairs (LIBE) committees. This is particularly interesting as the AIDA report has multiple mentions of AI and health, while the AIA proposal remains high-level without significant discussion of the relevance of AI for the health sector. However, the AIA report was introduced as a Commission Proposal and therefore will eventually be voted on by all three European Institutions (Council, Commission, Parliament), will the AIDA report represents only the Parliament.