Think Tank 2020 report is now published

Summary Report: Healthcare Workforce and Organisational Transformation with AI – Enacting Change


Since the publication of the EIT Health and McKinsey & Company report in March 2020, the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly already helped accelerate the growth of technology – including AI – in European healthcare systems. However, the broad scaling of AI across systems and countries, which could lead to significant efficiencies, remains rare. The barriers to such scaling were identified in the aforementioned report, and the EIT Health Think Tank planned a national Round Table Series to delve into the change needed on the ground, at health system level.

In exploring the findings from this report with national-level decision-makers representing key AI stakeholders, the 2020 Think Tank Round Table Series sought to establish concrete recommendations to drive greater acceptance of AI and its effective integration into healthcare systems. The insights from these discussions could now help harness this momentum so that AI can continue to benefit the health of European citizens and the systems that facilitate this, both now and in the future.


Our ‘Healthcare Workforce and Organisational Transformation with AI – Enacting Change’ summary report from the Round Table Series outlines:

  • The core priorities to be addressed at both Member State and EU levels – from improving knowledge, education and training concerning AI and its implementation, to the establishment of a robust data infrastructure across Europe.
  • The actionable recommendations proposed for the six areas identified as levers for change in driving AI implementation, alongside the key stakeholders who could be drivers of those actions.


The report also provides greater context to the key points of debate among the Round Table participants that drove the recommendations, including the ethical considerations, with supporting case studies of existing projects and initiatives that were identified as positive examples or represented best practices in any given area.

Read the report


The proceedings from the german Round Table Meetings, as well as the delegate list, are also available should you wish to better understand the discussions at a national level, and who contributed to them:

Read the german summary here.

The Think Tank Roundtable series 2020 was an incredibly enriching opportunity to engage in depth with key stakeholders who will play an important role in the adoption and implementation of AI technologies within European healthcare systems. During the DACH region-focussed event, we were able to shed light on the required regulatory, educational and legislative changes needed to comprehensively and sustainably transform health & aged-care systems in Germany using these new technologies. We thank everyone involved for the lively exchange and are honoured to be able to present the results of the Think Tank Roundtable series 2020.

Dr. Katharina Ladewig, Managing Director EIT Health Germany

EIT Health and McKinsey & Company. Transforming healthcare with AI – The impact on the workforce and organisations. March 2020