CHICAGO – Experts are applauding the American Medical Association’s recently issued policy on how to incorporate artificial and augmented intelligence into health care.
“The new guidelines get at one of the core challenges of integrating new technologies into health care—how we develop things that are actually going to be used,” said Dr. Cory Kidd, founder and CEO of Catalia Health, providers of the Mabu digital health platform.
The policy on AI states that the AMA will: leverage its ongoing engagement in digital health and other priority areas for improving patient outcomes and physician professional satisfaction to help set priorities for health care AI; identify opportunities to integrate the perspective of practicing physicians into the development and implementation of health care AI; encourage education for patients, physicians, medical students, other health care professionals in the promise and limitations of health care AI; and explore the legal implications of health care AI.
When new technologies like AI are introduced to health care, it’s important to ensure their proper use and safety, said Rich Berner, CEO of telehealth provider MDLive.
“We’re pleased to see the AMA is taking proactive stance to advance the use of AI to do what’s best for the patient and to provide quality care,” he said.
AI can be a big component in helping the industry rethink and disrupt health care by helping to automating routine clinician tasks, thereby making providers more efficient and able to see more patients, Berner said.
“AI will help us solve our physician shortage problem and make health care better for the patient and the provider, as well as lower costs and improve quality,” he said.
Guidelines like those developed by the AMA can also bring a greater understanding of AI’s potential, said Kidd.
“A lot of health care technology comes from developers trying to create solutions at a high level, but not from a day-to-day perspective,” he said. “Guidelines like these help connect the opportunities that technology can provide for automation and efficiencies with the clinicians who are actually going to use them.”