EU’s New Artificial Intelligence Regulation: Balancing Safety, Privacy and Competitiveness in a Rapidly Evolving Field

Is the EU’s new AI regulation a concern for Finnish healthcare? Ministry of Social Affairs and Health says it provides a competitive edge

As of now, EU member states have the freedom to create their own national artificial intelligence legislation following the finalization of the EU’s new artificial intelligence regulation. This regulation takes into account the perspectives of various sectors, including health and safety, as advocated for by Finland during negotiations. On March 13th, the European Parliament approved this regulation, with a goal of ensuring that artificial intelligence is used safely and respectfully. The regulation includes restrictions such as prohibiting real-time biometric monitoring and profiling based on sensitive characteristics.

The healthcare sector is classified as a high-risk area for AI use under the new regulation. Concerns about pre-written analytics systems falling under the scope were addressed during negotiations to ensure that regulations only apply to self-learning systems. Healthcare stakeholders also expressed concerns about added administrative burdens for medical devices but were reassured that requirements would be harmonized to prevent duplication of work.

The new AI regulation is viewed as a positive framework that provides a competitive advantage for Europe in the global marketplace. It is expected to facilitate the development of national legislation by member states, which is necessary not only for public but also private sectors, especially in applications like generative language models in healthcare. Once implemented nationally, clarity will improve in Finland and other EU countries.

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