Text by:VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL (VUB)
What social, ethical, or legal implications does HosmartAI have? What is the impact of using AI and robotics in the medical context on data protection/privacy? How does the recently proposed AI Regulation impact HosmartAI?
The more the technology is promising and has the potential to solve challenging problems, it has to be used and applied properly so that it doesn’t create more problems than it solves. This is why HosmartAI is dedicated to address ethical, legal, and social issues. In this Project, this is referred to as SELP (social, ethical, legal perspectives), and the first deliverable entitled SELP Benchmark Report lays out the key ethical, legal, and social requirements relevant to HosmartAI.
A number of regulatory and ethical frameworks are described and discussed in the SELP Benchmark Report. To name a few:
- Various legal framework on fundamental rights, such as European Convention on Human Rights (“ECHR”) and Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (“CFR”) are relevant;
- The EU Patients’ Rights Directive provides a practical framework for implications of cross-border healthcare;
- The General Data Protection Regulation, or the GDPR governs processing of personal data; and
- Physical and digital services developed by the Project can implicate the EU Medical Devices Regulation.
Identifying and knowing the issues is the first step to address them. While the first deliverable SELP Benchmark Report has identified and described ethical, legal, and social issues relevant to HosmartAI, the consortium is now developing a framework to assess the impact of these issues so that we comply with the various requirements and mitigate potential risks.