Precision medicine and artificial intelligence (AI) are complicated by design: Both scientific fields rely on extreme specificity, complex equations, and forces that can't be seen. As both fields begin to alter the healthcare landscape, they could plant a number of legal landmines. Can algorithms or biomarkers be patented? Will centers be able to access the large data sets they need to perform accurate AI? What control over their data should patients have?
Health care providers enter into dozens of contracts with outside companies, like medical record disposal or storage entities, that have access to patients' medical information. Dan Mulholland, senior partner at the health law firm Horty Springer, said these contracts come and go so frequently that they're …
Today, we're pleased to announce the private preview of a new AI-powered project from Microsoft's Healthcare NExT initiative which is designed to enable our healthcare partners to easily create intelligent and compliant healthcare virtual assistants and chatbots. These bots are powered by cognitive services and enriched with authoritative medical content, allowing our partners to empower their customers with self-service access to health information, with the goal of improving outcomes and reducing costs. So, if you're using a health bot built by one of our partners as part of our project, you can interact in a personal way, typing or talking in natural language and receiving information to help answer your health-related questions.
Artificial intelligence or AI as it is called in cyber parlance, and believed to be the next big thing in information and technology, can play a key role in good governance, a senior Microsoft official has said. "We are seeing that governments are benefitting through Artificial Intelligence and are able to bring (governance) closer to people in their countries," Dave Forstrom, director of communications for the Artificial Intelligence (AI) group at Microsoft, told PTI. "In terms of helping create good governance we're seeing an approach industry--wide right now where it's focused on ethical design and those principles that will help to really govern that," he said on the sidelines of the Microsoft's annual developers conference Build 2017. The senior Microsoft official said AI could be of great usage in various fields, including public health, law and order, education and even city sanitation and cleanliness.
President Trump suggested tonight that it's not fair to compare the Republican health care plan to the Affordable Care Act, because the law is "dying, dying, dying" and won't be around anyway. "They always like to compare -- well, what about [Obamacare]? Obamacare's dead," Trump said at a rally in Harrisburg, PA. "It's gone ... Pass the "damn thing": "I'll be so angry at Congressman [Mike] Kelly and Congressman [Tom] Marino and all of our congressmen in this room if we don't get that damn thing passed quickly."
A new website that predicts congressional bills' success foresaw the Affordable Care Act replacement bill would be shelved instead of passed – awarding it only a 15 percent chance of being enacted. Users can look up any pending bill on PredictGov or find predictions through its partner, legislation tracker GovTrack, which now includes a "prognosis" line in its overview of each bill. Vanderbilt University law Professor J.B. Ruhl is a co-founder in bill forecasting site PredictGov. PredictGov, which uses big data and artificial intelligence to reach its conclusions, is the invention of Vanderbilt University law Professor J.B. Ruhl; computer scientist and doctoral candidate John Nay, and their team. It pulls from decades of congressional data plus hundreds of variables, including the bill's sponsor, amendments, economic trends and political shifts.
In 1996 the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was enacted. The Accountability portion of the law requires that healthcare providers protect the privacy of patient health information and includes security measures that must be followed. Provider success has been mixed and has recently come under intense scrutiny due to the number and size of reportable breaches of health information.