How to Design a Governable Digital Health Ecosystem

26 Pages Posted: 24 Jul 2019

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Jessica Morley

Oxford Internet Institute

Luciano Floridi

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute

Date Written: July 22, 2019

Abstract

It has been suggested that to overcome the challenges facing the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) of an ageing population and reduced available funding, the NHS should be transformed into a more informationally mature and heterogeneous organisation, reliant on data-based and algorithmically-driven interactions between human, artificial, and hybrid (semi-artificial) agents. This transformation process would offer significant benefit to patients, clinicians, and the overall system, but it would also rely on a fundamental transformation of the healthcare system in a way that poses significant governance challenges. In this article, we argue that a fruitful way to overcome these challenges is by adopting a pro-ethical approach to design that analyses the system as a whole, keeps society-in-the-loop throughout the process, and distributes responsibility evenly across all nodes in the system.


Keywords: Artificial Intelligence; Data-driven Services; Healthcare; National Health Service (NHS); Pro-ethical Design

Suggested Citation

Morley, Jessica and Floridi, Luciano, How to Design a Governable Digital Health Ecosystem (July 22, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3424376 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3424376

Jessica Morley (Contact Author)

Oxford Internet Institute ( email )

1 St. Giles
University of Oxford
Oxford OX1 3PG Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire OX1 3JS
United Kingdom

Luciano Floridi

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute ( email )

1 St. Giles
University of Oxford
Oxford OX1 3PG Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire OX1 3JS
United Kingdom

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