High expectations have been placed on the importance artificial intelligence may have for society. In this report, we have taken a closer look at the field of health and identified six trends that have important implications for the health service, society and policy.

We do not describe the present situation in the health service, but rather describe what may become the reality in the coming decade. Whether or when these trends eventuate will depend on technological, political and organisational choices. Our aim is to shift the focal point of the discussion from what we think will happen to what we want the future health service to look like.

Artificial intelligence in the clinic – Six trends for the health service of the future


The trends are based on patient contact with the health service: The dialogue with the first line, meeting with health personnel, followed by diagnosis and treatment, and possible monitoring of the health condition. We then look at how equipment with artificial intelligence can improve itself across these situations and, finally, how AI can contribute to preventive healthcare.

What the health service of the future should look like is not just a technical question, or something that should be left to doctors and health bureaucrats to consider. It is very much a political question. The aim of this report is to contribute to more political debate concerning the health service of the future.

The expert group for the project was composed of the following members:

  • Damoun Nassehi, General Practitioner, Researcher at the University of Stavanger and Member of the Norwegian Board of Technology.
  • Helga M. Brøgger, Medical Doctor, Head of the Norwegian Radiological Association.
  • Michael Riegler, Chief Research Scientist at SimulaMet and Associate Professor at The University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway (UIT).
  • Erik Fosse, Chief Attending Physician at the Intervention Centre, Oslo University Hospital.
  • Steinar Madsen, Medical Director at the Norwegian Medicines Agency




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