Premier joined other members of the Health IT End Users (HITEU) Alliance in urging the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to consider the unique attributes of the healthcare sector and actively engage the end-users of artificial intelligence (AI) tools as the agency works to comply with an Executive Order to establish guidelines and best practices to support the development and deployment of safe, secure and trustworthy AI systems.
In a letter to NIST, the organizations highlighted real-world concerns that apply to AI tools, such as how new approaches work with the existing infrastructure, workflow constraints to adopting new technology, technology costs, how automation through AI will impact the healthcare workforce and how new tools and requirements will fit into the array of regulatory requirements that health IT end-users face. The HITEU encouraged NIST to include in its standards and guidelines both risk management approaches and transparency measures that support safe and appropriate use of AI tools in healthcare. Finally, the letter called on NIST to provide guidance on ways to detect and mitigate bias in AI tools, as well as transparency requirements for AI tool developers.
This is the latest in Premier’s efforts to advance policies and regulations that enhance the creation of AI tools and the use of AI in healthcare to empower providers, patients and improve clinical and operational efficiency, as outlined in our AI Policy Roadmap.