Georgia bill aims to restrict AI in healthcare

Legislators in Georgia aim to set guardrails for artificial intelligence in healthcare.

House Bill 887 was introduced to the Georgia House of Representatives by Rep. Mandisha Ann-Marie Thomas to:

  • Prohibit AI from making certain insurance coverage decisions
  • Prevent the state medical board from using AI to make select healthcare decisions
  • Stop using AI to make public assistance decisions

The bill states insurers cannot use just AI tools for coverage decisions, and any decision made with AI or automation tools should be "meaningfully reviewed" by a knowledgeable person who can override the AI's decision.

The bill takes a similar approach to AI decision-making in the clinical setting.

"No actions shall be taken concerning healthcare based solely on results derived from the use or application of artificial intelligence or automated decision tools. Any decision-making process concerning healthcare which resulted from the use or application of artificial intelligence or automated decision tools shall be meaningfully reviewed, in accordance with procedures for such review created the board, by an individual with authority to override said artificial intelligence or automated decision tools," states the bill.

The bill also requires the Georgia Composite Medical Board to adopt rules and regulations governing AI and discipline for physicians who don't comply with AI standards.

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