Ethics in Digital Health Using AI: Practical Guide to Keep in Mind When Designing a Solution

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Why view this presentation ?

  • This is a very useful short course about how to ask the right ethical questions when doing research in Artificial Intelligence in Health (Presented by Susan Huang MD, Chief Value Officer of the Palo Alto Medical Center)
  • Indeed this presentation defines an ethical framework on which systematic ethical questions can be asked and answered concerning Artificial Intelligence in Health.
  • It then teaches how to ask questions through 3 practical case applications.


  • The framework is based on 2 lessons from History (Nurenberg code, Belmont report)
  • The Belmont report is founded on three principles:
  1. Respect for persons: autonomy and protections for those with limited autonomy
  2. Beneficience: risk vs benefits
  3. Justice: fair treatment for all and fair distribution of risks and benefits

Practical application of Belmont principles:

  • What does informed consent mean (principle of respect of persons)
    1. Who asks consent
    2. Who grants consent
    3. Who approves consent applications
    4. Who accesses the data
  • Same developments concerning:
  1. What ?
  2. Where ?
  3. When ?
  4. How ?
  • Same developments for the following practical applications:
  1. Data Security and Privacy: Beneficence
  2. Selection of subjects: Justice

Presentation venue: AAD VMX 2021 (Putting Technology to Work for You and Your Patients: Augmented Intelligence and its Role in Enhancing the Practice of Dermatology) [Permission from Author]

Presentation Date – April 25 2021

Presentation title – Call to action: Ethical principles of data use and sharing


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