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SAS unveiled at its Innovate conference the “ethical AI health care lab,” based in the Netherlands, with the aim of promoting trustworthy AI within organizations.

For the “responsible innovation” initiative, SAS is working with organizations to see how ethical AI can be deployed in different industries. The collaboration with Erasmus University Medical Center (Erasmus MC) and Delft University of Technology (TU Delft, which includes the TU Delft Digital Ethics Centre) is a good example.

The Responsible and Ethical AI in Healthcare Lab (REAHL) oshould address the ethical concerns and challenges surrounding AI in healthcare. “With the rapid advancements in AI, there is a need to ensure that these technologies are designed and used in a safe, transparent and ethical way. The REAHL brings together multidisciplinary teams of experts in AI, medicine and ethics with policymakers to collaborate on developing and implementing AI technologies that prioritize patient safety, privacy and autonomy,” SAS said.

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This means AI systems must be unbiased, transparent and accountable, taking into account patient rights and values. The REAHL aims to create a framework for ethical AI in healthcare, eventually to serve as a model for medical centers and regions around the world.

The National Innovation Center for Artificial Intelligence (ICAI) has recognized the REAHL as an official lab. An ICAI lab is a research collaboration between industrial, government or nonprofit partners and knowledge institutions. ICAI labs must meet requirements for data, expertise and capacity. They are expected to operationalize outcomes for the real world.

“Together, we are not only building AI technologies, but also shaping the future of health care with a steadfast commitment to upholding ethical principles and prioritizing the well-being of patients in every innovation,” said Assistant Professor Michel van Genderen, MD PhD, Attending Intensivist and Initiator and Co-Founder of Datahub at Erasmus MC.

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