Protecting Your Patients' Interests in the Era of Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, and Predictive Analytics.
J Am Coll Radiol. 2018 Mar;15(3 Pt B):580-586. doi: 10.1016/j.jacr.2017.11.035. Epub 2018 Feb 6. Balthazar P1, Harri P1, Prater A1, Safdar NM2.
The Hippocratic oath and the Belmont report articulate foundational principles for how physicians interact with patients and research subjects. The increasing use of big data and artificial intelligence techniques demands a re-examination of these principles in light of the potential issues surrounding privacy, confidentiality, data ownership, informed consent, epistemology, and inequities. Patients have strong opinions about these issues. Radiologists have a fiduciary responsibility to protect the interest of their patients. As such, the community of radiology leaders, ethicists, and informaticists must have a conversation about the appropriate way to deal with these issues and help lead the way in developing capabilities in the most just, ethical manner possible.