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CTA Helps Harness AI For Health Care

The trade group is assembling stakeholders to improve efficiencies and outcomes.

Recognizing the power of artificial intelligence and its potential to improve health care, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) is bringing together more than 30 tech companies and health-care leaders to address that industry’s use and application of AI solutions.

The goal, said the trade group, is to enhance health outcomes, improve efficiencies and reduce health care costs.

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To that end, the initiative will serve as a platform to develop AI standards and common terminology in consumer health, fitness and wellness, and to recommend best practices for the management and oversight of data, CTA said. Participants will range from clinicians, manufacturers and regulators to public policy and civil rights organizations.

“AI will boost our wellness and health care by improving outcomes, expanding treatment options and providing cost-cutting efficiencies,” stated CTA president/CEO Gary Shapiro. “We must seize the opportunity to realize the potential of AI ethically, strategically and with clear goals.”

The new working group will be co-chaired by Pat Baird, Philips’ regulatory head of global software standards, and Jerry Wilmink, chief business officer of CarePredict, a remote monitoring service for seniors. Other participating organizations include AT&T, BlackBerry, Brookings Institution, the Federation of State Medical Boards, Fitbit, Google, IBM, Samsung and Verizon.

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The group will gather for the first time next month at CTA’s Technology & Standards Spring Forum in San Francisco.