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November 10, 2023

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on AI policy considerations in health care

On November 9, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Subcommittee on Primary Health and Retirement Security held a hearing entitled, "Avoiding a Cautionary Tale: Policy Considerations for Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Health Care."

The hearing centered on the role and scope of Congress in regulating AI use in health care and the need to strike the right balance between enacting safety guardrails around AI and enabling innovation. During the hearing, lawmakers heard testimony from a panel of witnesses who represented providers, academics, and patients who discussed the potential benefits, harms and use cases of AI in health care. Panelists all agreed that some form of regulatory oversight or AI guardrails are needed but differed on the scope. And while most of the providers spoke about ways AI could be harmful in health care in the future, the witness representing patients said AI is already being used in negative ways and that more human oversight is needed in initial claims decisions.

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Hearing on AI policy considerations in health care