Artificial Intelligence in global health - engaging technological and social innovations

Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk


Expert workshop delivered at the Health Systems Research 2020 conference. The speakers examined the opportunities for artificial intelligence in different global health systems, reflecting on their potential to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and equity of clinical care and the challenges involved in their development, implementation, use and sustainability in low resource settings. Included a discussion of technological, cultural, systemic and ethical factors.
Eric Topol, Scripps Institute, University of California, USA
Claudia Pagliari, Global eHealth Programme, University of Edinburgh, UK
Robyn Whittaker, National Institute for Health Innovation, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Dari Alhuwail, College of Life Science, Kuwait University, Kuwait
Pratap Kumar, Strathmore University Business School, Kenya
Moderator: Seye Abimbola, George Institute, University of Sydney

Summary appearing in the conference programme:
LMICs and low resourced settings are arguably more likely to benefit from many of today’s great technological advances (eg. diagnostic assistance using smartphones such as the pocket ultrasound) but only if these innovations are developed with these settings in mind and involving people who understand these contexts. Many social and health system innovations can also be more easily and broadly spread if they are supported by technology, for example mobile communications networks for sharing health information to support child and maternal health programmes in areas without other means to do so. Inequalities in access to technology are also important, as are differences in regulations between countries, data sovereignty, and ethical approaches around research on developing nations rather than with them. This may also bring up issues around the private for profit sector (where much of the technological developments are happening) and how they should be behaving in this context of equitable spread.
Period30 Nov 2020
Event titleHSR2020 Sixth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research 2020: Re-imagining health systems for better health and social justice
Event typeConference
LocationDubai, United Arab EmiratesShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Innovation
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Global eHealth
  • mHealth
  • Digital Health
  • developing countries
  • Digital Ethics
  • Inequalities
  • Business Models
  • Health Systems
  • Good Governance
  • Global Health