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Hospitals and AI: Legal Questions, Liability and Consent

Summary of article from Chief Healthcare Executive, by Ron Southwick:

The use of artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare is raising complex legal issues, including the standard of care, liability, and patient consent. As AI becomes more prevalent in patient care, the standard of care could evolve, potentially leading to a “reasonable machine standard of care”. Hospitals must also consider the legal complexities surrounding liability if complications arise from AI use, with factors including the diligence of the physician and the performance of the AI tool. Additionally, the growing use of AI in healthcare necessitates careful consideration of patient consent, particularly as AI becomes more integrated into workflows. Finally, hospitals need to understand the new legal landscape, develop policies to comply with laws and regulations, and regularly review the impact of AI.