RANZCR releases draft guidelines on appropriate use of AI in healthcare

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR) announced Thursday, Feb. 21, that it has published a draft of its guidelines for the appropriate use of AI and machine learning (ML) in healthcare.

The document, Ethical Principles for AI in Medicine, is available on the RANZCR website. Feedback is welcomed until the consultation period closes on April 26.

“New technologies such as AI are having a huge impact on healthcare, with enormous implications for both health professionals and patients,” Lance Lawler, MD, president of RANZCR, said in a prepared statement. “They have the ability to help doctors work in a more time-efficient and effective manner and—ultimately—provide even greater treatment for patients. There are millions of scans such as ultrasound and MRI performed in Australia each year, underlining the critical role imaging plays in healthcare. How radiology adapts to AI will have flow-on effects for patients and other healthcare professionals, which is why it was important for RANZCR to develop these principles.”

RANZCR established a working group to develop these guidelines. The group also hosted the Intelligence18 AI in Healthcare summit in Sydney, Australia, in November 2018.