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AI in health care to be part of upcoming House committee meeting

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Use of artificial intelligence (AI) in health care will be part of an upcoming congressional hearing.

The House of Representatives Energy & Commerce Committee will convene Dec. 13 for a full hearing on “Leveraging Agency Expertise to Foster American Leadership and Innovation.”

The witness list includes Micky Tripathi, PhD, MPP, national coordinator for health information technology in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Discussion will center on the federal government’s role in addressing AI in the marketplace, committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Washington) said in her announcement of the meeting.

“The Energy and Commerce Committee is leading a full assessment of what AI means for our entire economy – including across our supply chains, energy, health care, and emerging technologies, Rodgers said in the news release. “These subcommittee hearings have reinforced that a national data privacy standard is foundational to cement American AI leadership, protect people’s data privacy, and promote innovation when it comes to AI

“We’re at a pivotal moment with AI, and unilateral, one-size-fits-all regulations will not alleviate every concern and may ultimately hamper innovation,” Rodgers said. “Next week, I look forward to discussing how the administration can work with Congress to leverage the sector-specific expertise of our federal agencies to address the evolving AI marketplace.”

Additional witnesses scheduled are Helena Fu, director of critical and emerging technology in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of the Undersecretary for Science; and Saif Khan, senior adviser to the Secretary for Critical and Emerging Technologies in the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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