“Israel is spearheading health technology technology and, more importantly, universal health coverage around the world,” said Dr. Otmar Kloiber, secretary general of the World Medical Association during his keynote address at The Future Health Matrix conference. Held last week in Tel Aviv and organized by the Israel Medical Association (IMA), he addressed a room of hundreds of investors and physicians on the topic “Satisfying Ethical Concerns in Implementing innovation in healthcare” – and finally revealed that he had used the new OpenAI tool ChatGPT to help make some of the most compelling arguments for how to integrate AI into medicine.
“As we continue to push the boundaries of what is possible in healthcare, it is critical that we prioritize ethical considerations in implementing innovation,” he said, repeating lines that had been written by an algorithm to an audience that didn’t know it. “In doing so, we can ensure that these advances serve to improve the well-being of all individuals and communities, and benefit society as a whole.”
Dr. Kloiber had during his talk reviewed the history of innovation in the medical space. Using (mostly) his own words, he recounted how the World Medical Association was inaugurated in 1947 shortly after the Nuremberg trials were held in his native Germany. “This resulted in the Nuremberg Code, which states that we as doctors are individually responsible for what we do. We cannot hide behind commandments, social attitudes or government laws,” he said.
Time may have passed since the 1940s, but he said those moments in history were what sparked the way doctors today must balance care, ethics, and science of their actions on patients. In a world increasingly integrated with AI and machine learning algorithms, the line between what doctors should do and what technology can do for them is blurring.
“The fundamental tension is that we want to advance science while respecting ethical principles,” he added. “It is important that we consider the ethical implications of the technology.” One of the biggest pain points in health technology today, he says, is the privacy and use of sensitive information — and how the risk of its misuse is possible through exploitation. “We must protect patient privacy and ensure access for all individuals, regardless of socio-economic factors,” he added.
Dr. Kloiber was appointed Secretary General of the World Medical Association in February 2005, which oversees 116 national medical associations and 9 million doctors worldwide. Prior to that, he was Deputy Secretary General of the German Medical Association. The conference was organized by the Israel Medical Association, the local association of doctors in Israel founded in 1912.
During his speech, Dr. Kloiber drew comparisons between the Declaration of Helsinki and the Declaration of Taipei – each of which determines different research protocols depending on the data they have access to and the risk involved in the process. medical research. While the former puts the interests of the individual patient ahead of those of society when conducting research, the latter attempts to strike a balance between the rights of individuals donating their data for research based on privacy laws.
“We always have to look at the social side of health care,” he said. “Some of these policies have become international law, some international contracts and some European trial guidelines.”
Israel is considered one of the biggest technology centers for medical devices and digital health in the world. In 2021, the country received $1.9 billion in funding for digital health companies, according to figures provided by Start-Up Nation Central. As of this year, Startup Nation is home to nearly 500 companies dedicated to healthcare.
Of course, as physicians embrace AI, ethical questions arise regarding bias and fairness. “We need to be open and honest about the risks and benefits of these advances,” Dr. Kloiber admitted. “You can use AI to avoid problems, but it can be used to prevent triage access.”
Physicians are responsible for making ethical decisions for the treatment of their patients. However, the integration of AI can lead to biases based on deeply ingrained algorithms that run counter to proper medical care. It is important that the AI adopted by hospitals is ready to be used fairly and ethically. At the end of his remarks, Dr. Kloiber described what he claimed was his mission to address ethical concerns in medical innovation by balancing the advancement of medical science with the observance of ethical principles – later revealing that it had been written by the AI that it had been warning customers.
“What we saw here was done by ChatGPT. What you heard me say, I understood in 10 seconds. I thought that was pretty good. It shows that these systems are developing strongly and we will help and help us in our efforts,” he concluded.
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