Pre-conference: Navigating the digital tide: preparing public health for the AI revolution


Tuesday 12 November, 9:00 – 17:00 Lisbon time (including network lunch)


Organised by

EUPHA Digital health section

Background

The pre-conference 'Navigating the digital tide: preparing public health for the AI revolution' is designed to provide public health professionals with a substantive understanding of the opportunities and challenges presented by Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the context of public health. This session aligns with the overarching theme of the main conference, exploring innovation in European public health, by focusing on practical applications and ethical considerations of AI technologies.

This session will introduce fundamental concepts of AI and data science, aiming to build a common understanding among attendees, regardless of their prior technical knowledge. This foundational knowledge is essential for critically assessing how AI tools can be integrated and utilized effectively within public health frameworks.

A significant portion of the pre-conference will address the responsible use of AI in public health. It will explore existing ethical frameworks and develop discussions on how AI can be deployed in a manner that respects privacy, equity, and transparency. This segment is crucial for developing guidelines that public health institutions can adopt to ensure that AI technologies enhance public health objectives without compromising ethical standards. The impact of AI on the public health workforce will also be examined. This includes discussing changes in job roles and the skills needed to navigate an increasingly digital healthcare environment. Preparing the workforce for these changes is vital for the successful implementation of AI in health systems.

Furthermore, the session will engage with the broader implications of AI, including legal and social challenges, to ensure that as public health professionals, we are aware of and prepared to manage the complexities associated with these technologies.

The pre-conference will conclude with an interactive workshop where participants will apply what they have learned in a practical setting. This hands-on experience is designed to demystify the process of developing AI solutions and encourage innovative thinking within the constraints of real-world public health challenges.

By focusing on these areas, the pre-conference aims to equip public health professionals with the tools and knowledge necessary to lead AI initiatives within their organizations and ensure that public health practice not only adapts to technological advances but also guides their ethical implementation.

Draft programme

Morning:

  • Welcome and Introduction
  • AI and Data Science 101 - Understanding the basic concepts of Data Science and AI Techniques (EUPHA Digital health section)
  • Generative AI 101 - Exploring all the possible uses of Generative AI in Healthcare and Public Health (EUPHA Digital health section)
  • Responsible Use of AI in Public Health Institutes (International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI), Austrian National Public Health Institute (Gesundheit Österreich GmbH, GÖG))
  • Impact of AI on the Health and Care Workforce (EUPHA Health workforce section)

 Lunch & Networking Break

Afternoon:

  • Legal framework and ethical considerations and Artificial Intelligence in Health (EUPHA Public health monitoring and reporting section)
  • Regulatory framework of AI in health in Europe - Jelena Schmidt, London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom
  • Ethical considerations for AI use in public health
  • Interactive part Miro-board: Determining the dimensions of FATE (Fairness, Accountability, Transparency and Ethics) to assess AI technologies, lead by Nienke Schutte (Sciensano, Belgium), Robin van Kessel (London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom)
  • Looking towards the future of AI in Public Health (EUPHA Foresight section)
  • Skills Building - Let's build an AI Solution together (EUPHA Digital health section)
  • Concluding Remarks, Reflection and Call to Action (EUPHA Digital health section)

Registration

The registration fee is EUR 150. Networking lunch and refreshments are included.