First-Ever ANSI-Accredited Standard For AI in Healthcare Launched By CTA

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • CTA has developed the first-ever ANSI-accredited standard for using AI in healthcare.
  • CTA has also published an ANSI-accredited standard to address the pervasiveness of AI-enabled technology across the entire consumer technology industry.

Consumer Technology Association (CTA) has announced that it has developed the first-ever American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-accredited standard for the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare. More than 50 organizations that include major tech giants, startups, and healthcare industry leaders, have received the updates from CTA. The standard is part of CTA’s new initiative that will implement medical and healthcare solutions built on AI.

According to CTA, with the healthcare system struggling to deal with aging population, clinician shortages, and the persistence of chronic diseases in the USA, technologically driven solutions, such as AI, can be used to meet clinician and patient needs. Today, AI-related terms are used in different ways that include telehealth and remote patient monitoring, leading to confusion for healthcare organizations.

Pat Baird, regulatory head of global software standards at Philips says:

“AI will play a major role in driving efficiency in healthcare and will support clinicians in making more precise diagnosis, offer personalized treatment and better guidance towards improved outcomes. This implies that AI will be used for decision support and decision making, which stresses the need for professionals to be able to take ownership, apply judgment and empathy. Transparency and a common language will be key to enable the proper and safe functioning of AI.”

To address the problem including clinician needs, patient needs, transparency issues, and need for personalized treatment, CTA decided to develop a standard built on consensus, last year. Back then, it had 30 members which now includes a wide range of decision-makers from 52 organizations and member companies. The standard covers 11 definitions and characteristics to provide a framework for better understanding AI technologies and common terminology so that consumers, tech companies and care providers can have better communication between them. They can develop and use AI-based healthcare technologies.

Addressing pervasiveness of AI-enabled technology

A broader AI committee at CTA has also published an ANSI-accredited standard to address the pervasiveness of AI-enabled technology across the entire consumer technology industry. This standard defines over 30 terms including artificial neural network, machine learning (ML), model bias, and trustworthiness.

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