WASHINGTON, DC, OCTOBER 30, 2023 – The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) today published new Artificial Intelligence Principles, to ensure trustworthy development, integration, and utilization of artificial intelligence (AI) in order to maximize its potential benefits as a meaningful tool for patients and providers.

“With today’s Executive Order issued by President Biden, to ensure the safe, secure, and trustworthy use of artificial intelligence, our timely release of the ATA’s AI Principles can help chart the way forward as the Administration works to create new standards for AI’s potentially game-changing capabilities,” said Kyle Zebley, senior vice president, public policy, the ATA. “AI is already being used in telehealth and its future potential is endless, especially to harness the reams of data that our healthcare system produces, including data collected from virtual care technologies, to improve healthcare delivery.

“The ATA supports policies, practices, and regulatory frameworks that enhance patient and provider trust, safety, and the efficacy of AI adoption as a tool in healthcare. The ATA and the ATA’s Data Work Group believe that utilizing AI in healthcare – including telehealth – can improve quality and service capability at every stage of the care journey. We stand ready to work with the Administration, Congress and other key stakeholders to advance the safe, appropriate and responsible use of AI in healthcare.”

Key components of the AI Principles include:

  • Accountability and Engagement
  • Transparency and Explainability
  • Safeguards to Mitigate Against Bias
  • Clear Regulatory Guardrails
  • Economic and Workforce Evolution
  • Privacy

Read the ATA’s new AI Principles here.

The ATA previously published Health Data Privacy Principles to ensure telehealth practices meet standards for patient safety, data privacy, and information security, while advancing patient access and building awareness of telehealth practices.

“The ATA’s Data Work Group, chaired by Aaron T. Maguregui, Senior Counsel, Foley & Lardner LLP, is doing important work to create a roadmap that will help to keep personal health information secure and protected from misuses,” Zebley added. “The Data Work Group’s AI Committee, chaired by Mujadala (MJ) Abdul-Majid, Strategy Counsel, Google, has added critical guidance on the deployment of AI used in telehealth and virtual care platforms is trustworthy, clinically appropriate and reliable.”

About the ATA

As the only organization completely focused on advancing telehealth, the American Telemedicine Association is committed to ensuring that everyone has access to safe, affordable, and appropriate care when and where they need it, enabling the system to do more good for more people. The ATA represents a broad and inclusive member network of leading healthcare delivery systems, academic institutions, technology solution providers and payers, as well as partner organizations and alliances, working to advance industry adoption of telehealth, promote responsible policy, advocate for government and market normalization, and provide education and resources to help integrate virtual care into emerging value-based delivery models.

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