'Black-Box Medicine' Faces Headwinds Over Med Mal Liability

By Y. Peter Kang (February 24, 2017, 3:39 PM EST) -- The use of complex algorithms to sort through massive amounts of health data to improve medical care, or "black-box medicine," could expose providers to a new world of malpractice claims, experts say, and doctors may decline to adopt the technology without legal protections.

A new academic research paper published earlier this month outlines the medical malpractice implications of black-box medicine, a term coined by author W. Nicholson Price, an assistant law professor at the University of Michigan Law School, to describe a specialized form of artificial intelligence in health care. Doctors and health care facilities may be confronted with a new...

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