Artificial Intelligence for Health

The ITU/WHO Focus Group on artificial intelligence for health (FG-AI4H) works in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) to establish a standardized assessment framework for the evaluation of AI-based methods for health, diagnosis, triage or treatment decisions. Participation in the FG-AI4H is free of charge and open to all. The group was established by ITU-T Study Group 16 at its meeting in Ljubljana, Slovenia, 9-20 July 2018.

The FG scope and general process are described in a commentary in The Lancet and a white paper. The documentation of all previous meetings can be found on the collaboration site.

Participation in the Focus Group is primarily through its online platforms such as the mailing list, the collaboration site, and e-meetings.

12th ITU/WHO Focus Group on AI for Health meeting

Virtual meeting, 19-21 May 2021

The goal of the Focus Group is to establish a standardized assessment framework for the evaluation of AI-based method for health. Participation is open and free of charge.

Developing a benchmarking process for health AI models that can act as an international, independent, standard evaluation framework. To establish this evaluation and benchmarking process, FG-AI4H is calling for participation from medical, public health, AI, data analytics, and policy experts.

Topic groups are being formed by communities of stakeholders allowing FG-AI4H to develop its processes for AI evaluation and benchmarking specific for each health topic. Each topic use case will be reviewed for its relevance and should impact a large and diverse part of the global population or solve a health problem that is difficult or expensive.

A multi-stakeholder, inter-disciplinary approach…







Topic Areas


One in every three cancers diagnosed is a skin cancer, and every year approximately 3 million new cases of skin cancer is detected worldwide, more than breast cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer and colon cancer combined.

Falls among the elderly

Falls are one of the most common health problems in the elderly population, about a third of community-dwelling adults aged 65 years or older fall each year, and these events represent more than 50% of the hospitalizations due to lesions in this age group.


Dedicated to using artificial intelligence for the detection and diagnostics of ophthalmological diseases and conditions, in particular Diabetic Retinopathy (DR), from retinal images.


Psychiatric disorders are among the most common and debilitating illnesses across the lifespan and begin usually prior to age 24, which emphasizes the need for increased focus on studies of the developing brain.

Symptom assessment

AI-based symptom assessment is one of the most promising applications in the field of AI4H. The World Health Organization estimates the shortage of Global Health workers to increase from 7.2 million in 2013 to 12.9 million by 2035.


Tuberculosis (TB) is a huge problem worldwide with about 50 % of the cases in BRICS countries. With an estimated 2.3 million reported cases in 2011 and an additional 1 million undocumented cases, India has the highest prevalence of TB in the world.

Snakebite and snake identification

Snakebite envenoming is a major global health issue and neglected humanitarian crisis. Today, 5 million snake bites occur globally every year causing 125,000 deaths and 400,000 victims of disability/disfigurement.

Cardiovascular disease risk prediction


Neuro-cognitive diseases

Outbreak dete​ction


Volumetric chest computed tomography​

Management Team

Chair of ITU/WHO Focus Group on AI for Health
Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI)
Senior Adviser, Division of data, analytics and delivery for impact
World Health Organization (WHO)
Lead AI for health
World Health Organization (WHO)
Chairman & Managing General Partner
REDDS Capital
Senior Editor of The Lancet and Vice-Chair of the ITU-WHO Focus Group on AI for Health
The Lancet Journal
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Working Groups


Data and AI solution assessment methods


Data and AI solution ​handling




Ethical Considerations


Regulatory considerations on AI for health


Clinical Evaluation of AI for Health

How to Register

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