WHO Guidance: Ethics and governance of artificial intelligence for health (2)

2 November, 2021

[In response to: https://www.hifa.org/dgroups-rss/who-guidance-ethics-and-governance-arti... ]

It was great to be part of the team meeting, discussing, writing up and endorsing the report. It took about two years of work by a dedicated team to come up with the report. AI in health is a reality that has to be ethically responsible and properly governed. AI in health should not be left to programmers and developers without an ethical framework to manage it before, during and after implementation. HIFA was present not only being represented by myself, as an HIFA Steering Group member, but also the focus on access to health data and information from ethical point of view, which HIFA is a great believer and advocate for. It’s a comprehensive, well documented and balanced report. I encourage all of us to read and encourage countries to adapt especially Ministries of Health as they represent a major stakeholder in the process of adapting AI in Health.

Best regards. Najeeb Al-Shorbaji

HIFA profile: Najeeb Al-Shorbaji recently retired from the World Health Organization (WHO), where he has worked since 1988 in different capacities. He was most recently Director of the Knowledge, Ethics and Research Department at WHO headquarters, Geneva. Previously he was Coordinator for Knowledge Management and Sharing in EMRO (Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office), Egypt. He is a member of a number of national and international professional societies and associations specialised in information management and health informatics. He has authored over 100 research papers and articles presented in various conferences and published in professional journals. He is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and the HIFA Working Group on Multilingualism.



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