Interview with Professor Christian Dierks, CEO and Founder of Dierks+Company
At MEDICA 2018, the MEDICA HEALTH IT FORUM features a panel discussion on "Artificial Intelligence for Patients" on Monday at 12 PM. Health bots and voice-controlled interfaces for patients are designed to make it easier for healthcare professionals to perform their jobs in the future. The latest AI technology already makes fairly accurate diagnoses, though it is still a long way from being able to replace a human doctor.
Prof. Christian Dierks
In this MEDICA-tradefair.com interview, Professor Christian Dierks talks about his role in the panel discussion and explains his view on data protection of the programs.
Professor Dierks, what is your role in the panel discussion on "AI for Patients"?
Prof. Christian Dierks: I define my role as a doctor and lawyer. Since the beginning of this year, our consulting firm has assisted innovative companies in bringing their products to market as soon as possible. We take a combined approach to integrating strategic business consulting, regulatory solutions and practical implementation. It also involves thought leadership from a healthcare system perspective, market analysis and the determination to shape the future digital healthcare development.
Why do you want to give your opinion?
Dierks: I believe that we need an in-depth social discourse to let artificial intelligence function in the healthcare system with the appropriate tasks. As a prerequisite for this, I believe it’s necessary to structure and process personal health data accordingly and to turn it into an analyzable format in an overall context, so that the individual can receive optimal care or treatment, while society gains new insights from the analysis of existing data at the same time.
What do you think of the health bot or so-called digital health assistant development?
Dierks: The health bot is another component in the toolbox of improved utilization of existing data to optimize diagnosis and treatment.
What are the resulting legal hurdles that AI solution providers/operators face?
Dierks: There are no major legal hurdles as it pertains to the collection and analysis of non-personal healthcare data. In terms of liability law, we have to decide whether we want to hold the manufacturer of artificial intelligence liable or give the machine its own legal status and make it liable. The discourse over the next five years will reflect this issue.
What could third parties do with the data of these programs?
Dierks: We are so tangled up in a web of worries, fears and threats to data privacy that we are often unable to see the opportunities these new options offer us. This is similar to the effect you get when you try to avoid a type 1 error and launch an elaborate analysis that ends up causing a type 2 error. That’s why I would prefer to aim at making the multiple datasets so productive that positive outcomes can be achieved in as many places as possible in the system.
The panel discussion "AI for patients (from healthbots to voice-driven interfaces)" will take place on Monday, 12.11.2018 from 12:00 to 13:00 in the MEDICA HEALTH IT FORUM. You will find the forum in Hall 15, Stand E56.