The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare and Research

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Implementation of the AI technology comes with many challenges, and it is necessary that implementation of it in healthcare is done with great ethical and legal care.

In the NCBio conference we discuss these challenges with input not only from ethical experts, but also from healthcare researchers and patients.

The conference is organised by the Nordic Committee on Bioethics (NCBio) in collaboration with the Department of Clinical Research at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) and Odense University Hospital.

The event is free of charge and open to the public. It is taking place at Syddansk Universitet in Odense. You can also join the event online.


Welcome by NCBio chair – Riitta Salmelin and Kirsten Ohm Kyvik  

Session 1 What is the landscape of medical AI?

09.10 – 10.00
Keynote – Medical AI: promises and challenges Leo Kärkkäinen, Professor of Practice, Aalto University, Finland

10.00 – 10.30
Accountability for AI-supported decision-making in health
Sune Hannibal Holm, Associate Professor, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

10.30 – 11.00
Coffee break

11.00 – 11.30
Responsible Artificial Intelligence - from principles to action by Virginia Dignum, Professor of computer science, Umeå, Sweden

11.30 – 12.00
Panel 1: AI and responsibility/accountability Leo Kärkkäinen, Sune Hannibal Holm, Virginia Dignum

12.00 – 13.00

Session 2 AI in clinical practice – Project presentations

13.00 – 13.30
Project #1: Colorectal cancer screening – the camera pill. Professor Gunnar Baatrup, Department of Clinical Research, SDU, Professor Esmaeil S. Nadimi, Department, Group of Applied AI and Data Science, SDU, Patient representative Jørn Nielsen

13.30 – 13.50
Project #2: Use of AI in radiology with Associate Professor Ole Graumann, Department of Clinical Research, SDU and Odense University Hospital and Patient representative Karen Vilmand

13.50 – 14.10
Project #3: Use of AI in treatment of eye diseases
Professor Jakob Grauslund, Department of Clinical Research, SDU and Odense University Hospital

14.10 – 14.30
Comments from the “digital” ethicist Leonora Onarheim Bergsjø, University of Agder, Norway, and the Norwegian Council for Digital Ethics

14.30 – 15.00
Panel 2: AI and the patient/healthcare professional relationship with all project presenters and the ethicist

15.00 – 15.30
Coffee break

15.30 – 16.00
AI, autonomy, and transparency – ethical and legal questions Nils-Eric Sahlin, Lund University, Sweden

16.00 – 16.15
What have we learnt? Wrap-up by selected speaker – Thomas Ploug

16.15 – 16.40

Final note from NCBio chair and closure


Anna Herou

Anna Herou

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