2 UN agencies create focus group for AI in global healthcare

Two United Nations specialized agencies — the International Telecommunication Union and the World Health Organization — established the ITU Focus Group on AI for Health.

The focus group will develop an international standards framework for the way AI is used in the healthcare sector. It will engage experts, including researchers, engineers and policy makers, to create guidelines steering the creation of national policies around the safe and appropriate use of AI in healthcare. It will also identify use cases of AI in the health sector that can be scaled globally.

The group will also produce an assessment framework to standardize the evaluation and validation of AI algorithms.

"The health sector is in many countries among the largest economic sectors or one of the fastest-growing, signaling a particularly timely need for international standardization of the convergence of AI and health," said Thomas Wiegand, chairman of the ITU Focus Group on AI for Health.

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