The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) of the United States in collaboration with technical giants like Google, Microsoft and Amazon has developed a standard for the usage of Artificial Intelligence in the health care industry.
A group of approx. 52 organizations from both technology and health sector, was formed to create this standard approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
This is the first-ever initiative of CTA to set a forum to provide technological solutions for healthcare problems. The goal of this convention is to simplify the language of technical AI terms for a better understanding of healthcare professionals.
Gary Shapiro, the president and CEO of CTA said, “This is a major first step—convening some of the biggest players in the digital health world—to help create a more efficient health care system and offer value-based health care to Americans.”
He further went ahead saying that the goal behind this standard is to integrate Artificial Intelligence and common terminologies so that its meaning is clear to all- consumers, health carers and tech companies. Only if they can communicate and understand each other, this dream of AI-based health care centres will be possible.
Rene Quashie, the Vice President of policy and regulatory affairs, digital health of CTA said that as the health providers are using AI tools to properly diagnose and treat diseases, therefore, it is essential for them to effectively interpret the AI concepts. This standard is exactly for this.
More than 30 terms have been simplified by the standard: machine learning, synthetic data, artificial neural network, remote patient monitoring, trustworthiness and patient decision support system. “Assistive intelligence” is the most controversial terms of this standard. The group explains it as a section of the AI software that calls for diagnosis or clinical check-up of the patient, the final decision being in the hands of healthcare providers before taking any clinical action.
In United States, scarcity of doctors, rising population and constant birth rate of chronic disorders call for technological solutions and AI is the best answer to meet the doctor-patient ratio.
Pat Baird of the Philips Co. called transparency and common language to be the key to the success of this AI-enabled healthcare.