WHO warns of generative AI’s potential for harm in healthcare

The World Health Organization (WHO) yesterday warned of the risks from using AI-generated large language model (LLM) tools in healthcare.

LLMs like OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Google Bard have the potential to make healthcare more efficient and effective, whether it be connecting patients with information or helping providers with diagnosis or treatment.

“While WHO is enthusiastic about the appropriate use of technologies, including LLMs, to support healthcare professionals, patients, researchers and scientists, there is concern that caution that would normally be exercised for any new technology is not being exercised consistently with LLMs,” the organization said. “This includes widespread adherence to key values of transparency, inclusion, public engagement, expert supervision, and rigorous evaluation.”

“Precipitous adoption of untested systems could lead to errors by healthcare workers, cause harm to patients, erode trust…

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