The Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME) has highlighted the need to ensure that the limits of a physician ́s liability when using “augmented intelligence” (AI) are clearly defined.
In a new policy statement on the use of AI in health care, the organisation acknowledges that AI has the potential to transform health care delivery, but says that in order to convert this potential into reality, AI must be developed based on robust evidence, accountability, non-discrimination and respect for patients’ privacy. In order to encourage the confident use of AI systems, it says it should be clear who is liable for AI failure or misdiagnosis, adding that “certainty and stability through appropriate legislation will stimulate and entrench new digital solutions within physicians’ practice".
In the document, the CPME acknowledges the efforts of the European Union on AI but calls on the European Commission “to put greater emphasis on trustability and safety of AI applications in health care and to better engage healthcare professionals in its work".
The CPME makes a number of other recommendations including enhancing digital literacy of medical students and professionals, with the organisation recommending the inclusion of AI in medical curricula.