EIT Health Think Tank has launched a new AI report, outlining the urgent need for a post-pandemic technological revolution to prevent EU health systems from struggling over the next decade.
The report concludes that AI and digital solutions are urgently needed, with healthcare workforces already straining to meet demand due to increasing populations and people living longer. This pressure is set to increase given estimations that by 2050 one in four people in Europe will be over the age of 65 and will likely have complex healthcare needs – which means only a proportion of additional years will be spent in good health.
Progress in medical science has raised life expectancy, however as longevity increases, healthcare systems face increasing demand, with patients having more complex needs, costs rising and the workforce struggling to meet demand. Without major structural and transformational change, healthcare systems will become unsustainable, and the European promise of universal healthcare will be threatened.
Building on a series of roundtables exploring the topic ‘Healthcare Workforce and Organisational Transformation with AI’, this new report identifies a range of focus areas that need to be addressed at an EU and national level, particularly in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, to maximise the potential of AI and technology in healthcare.