Potential Liability for Physicians Using Artificial Intelligence
JAMA. 2019;322(18):1765-1766. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.15064
Posted: 25 May 2021
Date Written: October 4, 2019
Artificial intelligence (AI) is quickly making inroads into medical practice, especially in forms that rely on machine learning, with a mix of hope and hype. Multiple AI-based products have now been approved or cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and health systems and hospitals are increasingly deploying AI-based systems. For example, medical AI can support clinical decisions, such as recommending drugs or dosages or interpreting radiological images. One key difference from most traditional clinical decision support software is that some medical AI may communicate results or recommendations to the care team without being able to communicate the underlying reasons for those results.
Keywords: artificial intelligence; medical malpractice, liability
JEL Classification: I1, K13
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