Artificial Intelligence in the Medical System: Four Roles for Potential Transformation
11 Pages Posted: 18 Mar 2019 Last revised: 7 Jan 2020
Date Written: February 25, 2019
Artificial intelligence (AI) looks to transform the practice of medicine. As academics and policymakers alike turn to legal questions, including how to ensure high-quality performance by medical AI, a threshold issue involves what role AI will play in the larger medical system. This Article argues that AI can play at least four distinct roles in the medical system, each potentially transformative: pushing the frontiers of medical knowledge to increase the limits of medical performance, democratizing medical expertise by making specialist skills more available to non-specialists, automating drudgery within the medical system, and allocating scarce medical resources. Each role raises its own challenges, and an understanding of the four roles is necessary to identify and address major hurdles to the responsible development and deployment of medical AI.
Keywords: Artificial Intelligence, AI, Medicine, Health Law, FDA Law
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