June 14, 2023
If you haven’t been paying attention to artificial intelligence (AI), it’s time to up your situational awareness.
Surveying the health care landscape, it’s easy to understand the ways AI should trigger your preparedness instincts. Images generated by AI can pose significant dangers for public safety when exploited by malicious actors to deceive others. These dangers are particularly relevant and concerning for the health care community, so we need to start thinking about the implications for our hospitals and our communities.
To address these dangers, it is crucial to be vigilant, stay informed about AI technologies, and implement robust verification systems to detect and prevent the misuse of AI-generated content. If you’re interested in a few of the potential ways AI could affect your preparedness, here are five key areas to watch:
All of the above could lead to confusion, panic, and uncertainty among health care professionals, the public, and policymakers, hindering effective decision-making and public health efforts.
As we consider our next steps, collaboration between experts in AI, health care professionals, policymakers, and regulatory bodies can help develop guidelines, standards, and safeguards to mitigate the risks associated with AI-generated images and preserve public safety. It is not advisable to fear the changes ahead, but our preparedness improves when we know the potential challenges in front of us.
For more information about the potential implications of AI in health care, contact me or HAP’s Emergency Management team for more information.
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