Sarah West, managing director of AI Now Institute, a policy research center, said that while publishing in a scientific journal demonstrates some academic oversight of Google’s findings, it’s an insufficient standard for being ready to use the AI system in real health-care settings. “There’s all kinds of information that you would want to know, in order to meaningfully evaluate a system before it’s deployed into commercial use,” she said. “And you need to look at this system at the level of each hospital, if they’re going to be doing any kind of customization of a system for a particular clinical setting.”

Without any other mandates for independent testing or evaluation, “we’re stuck in a situation where we have to rely on the company’s words that they have adequately evaluated” the AI systems before deployment, West added.

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