Limburg welcomes first ICAI Lab for the development of artificial intelligence for patient care
Knowledge institutions from Limburg will join forces with local parties in healthcare and IT. The first ICAI Lab in the region – the ICAI Brightlands Smart Health Lab – is committed to making breakthroughs in patient care by developing and deploying artificial intelligence.
With the arrival of the ICAI Brightlands Smart Health Lab, Limburg joins the national network of ICAI Labs. ICAI Labs connect knowledge institutions to public and private partners, for instance from industry and the (semi-)government. The partners within an ICAI Lab jointly set the research agenda around a specific application of artificial intelligence.
Professor Andre Dekker, one of the lab’s academic directors alongside Dr. Rianne Fijten and Dr. Alberto Traverso, considers the collaboration between all parties as crucial for the success of their joint vision for the future. Dekker: “Bringing together knowledge and data from very diverse parties in the Brightlands ecosystem is precisely what allows us to conduct relevant research, develop real solutions and put these into practice.”
Responsibly connecting data
Dekker and his team bring their expertise in responsible sharing of privacy-sensitive medical data. The ICAI Brightlands Smart Health Lab thereby builds on their work on the Personal Health Train: a network that allows healthcare providers to learn from each other’s data, but in which data never leaves the host institution’s management and through which the privacy of patients is preserved.
Dr. Rianne Fijten: “Data is often an abstract concept for researchers, but it comes from real people. That is why careful handling of privacy-sensitive medical data is very important to us.”
Partners in the ICAI Brightlands Smart Health Lab
The ICAI Brightlands Smart Health Lab is a collaboration between Maastricht University, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, Maastro Clinic, Maastricht UMC+, ilionx, Netherlands Comprehensive Cancer Organisation (IKNL), Brightlands Institute for Smart Society, Brightlands Smart Services Campus, Brightlands Maastricht Health Campus and AI Hub Brightlands.
ICAI, the Innovation Center for Artificial Intelligence, is a national network aimed at technology and talent development between knowledge institutes, industry, and government in the area of artificial intelligence.