Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning , Governance & Risk Management , Healthcare

How Biden's AI Executive Order Will Affect Healthcare

Attorney Wendell Bartnick of Reed Smith Discusses Presidential EO
How Biden's AI Executive Order Will Affect Healthcare
Attorney Wendell Bartnick of Reed Smith

President Joe Biden's recent executive order for artificial intelligence encourages investment in AI while setting a vision for a regulatory framework to address AI technology safety, bias nondiscrimination and other concerns in healthcare, said attorney Wendell Bartnick of the law firm Reed Smith.

"There are several ways in which the administration would like to see investment in AI," he said. That includes grants and other awards to help promote the advancement of "responsible AI innovation."

The establishment of an AI task force at the Department of Health and Human Services and the development of a program to evaluate the quality and safety of AI tools are also important provisions, according to Bartnick.

But combined, all of these efforts require a careful balance, he said.

"We need to recognize that the healthcare sector is already heavily, heavily regulated. So let's not try to plop on a bunch of generic AI rules and regulations on top of an already complex regulatory regime."

In the interview (see audio link below photo), Bartnick also discusses:

  • Congress' potential involvement in legislation to set AI regulations;
  • The European Union's approach to AI regulations;
  • The importance of transparency in the use of AI in healthcare.

Bartnick, a partner at law firm Reed Smith, uses his background in computer science in counseling clients across a variety of industries, including healthcare, life sciences and biotech. His advice commonly involves data rights and privacy, cybersecurity, commercialization, licensing technology - including AI and machine learning - governance, partnering strategies and agreements, and other regulatory compliance counseling, as well as investigations related to technology and data issues.




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