Artificial Intelligence in Medicine and Confidentiality of Data

  • Tjaša Zapušek

Abstract

This article exposes legal and moral concerns regarding the involvement of artificial intelligence in the medical profession. On one hand it puts at stake the originality of the doctor-patient relationship. Medicine has, in its core, an extremely sensitive and moral note, since it presents a unification of very personal and confident relationships, where a doctor’s decisions are not only led by medical knowledge, but also by moral judgements. On the other hand, we are confronted with legal gaps concerning liability for actions performed by robots that are equipped with such algorithms that are not provided with a specific pattern when solving the task, yet they create their own, based on their observations from their environment. Even though such robots might enhance the efficiency of medical practices (through new techniques, new treatment plans, etc.), the law needs to respond and create new legal regulations that would determine the person responsible for the harm caused by such robots. In this article I have evaluated a few different options and presented my ideas for the creation of re-regulation of an employment relationship that could potentially lead us to the desirable aim, to get the legislation that would protect individuals in the case of harm when the latter is committed by robots.

Author Biography

Tjaša Zapušek

Tjaša Zapušek is enrolled into the Postgraduate Bologna Program at the Faculty of Law at University of Copenhagen

Published
2017-11-30