The application of AI to healthcare is a relatively new but rapidly evolving field. While AI has the potential to benefit healthcare, the clinical and social implications of AI in the healthcare environment remain largely unknown and uncertain. In such a fluid and rapidly-expanding environment, the development and implementation of AI technologies must be undertaken with appropriate consultation, transparency, accountability and regular, ongoing review to determine its clinical and social impact and ensure it continues to benefit, and not harm, patients, healthcare professionals and the wider community.
This position statement outlines considerations and policy parameters before AI tools are integrated into health service delivery. This is not guidance on how and where to apply AI in healthcare.