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Artificial intelligence in healthcare: Proposals for policy development in South Africa

S Naidoo, D Bottomley, M Naidoo, D Donnelly, D W Thaldar

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Despite the tremendous promise offered by artificial intelligence (AI) for healthcare in South Africa, existing policy frameworks are inadequate for encouraging innovation in this field. Practical, concrete and solution-driven policy recommendations are needed to encourage the creation and use of AI systems. This article considers five distinct problematic issues which call for policy development: (i) outdated legislation; (ii) data and algorithmic bias; (iii) the impact on the healthcare workforce; (iv) the imposition of liability dilemma; and (v) a lack of innovation and development of AI systems for healthcare in South Africa. The adoption of a national policy framework that addresses these issues directly is imperative to ensure the uptake of AI development and deployment for healthcare in a safe, responsible and regulated manner

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S Naidoo, School of Law, College of Law and Management Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

D Bottomley, School of Law, College of Law and Management Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

M Naidoo, School of Law, College of Law and Management Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

D Donnelly, School of Law, College of Law and Management Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

D W Thaldar, School of Law, College of Law and Management Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

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South African Journal of Bioethics and Law 2022;15(1):11.

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Date submitted: 2022-05-19
Date published: 2022-05-19

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