Artificial intelligence, or AI, has the ability to process large sets of data. The term “AI” describes algorithms that can be taught to identify patterns or predict outcomes. If the algorithm is primed with a teaching set of data, then it can evaluate new sets of data based on the desired outcome. AI has been used to process patient data, biometric data, facial recognition data and geolocation data by various industries. However, it has fallen prey to criticism for potentially biased results and alleged invasion of user privacy.

During the current global pandemic, AI industry leaders are applying their technology to new issues raised by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Results show that AI can aid in combating COVID-19 and improve our response to future pandemics. However, to reach AI’s full potential in a health crisis, access to vast quantities of patient data is necessary.

Read here about the benefits and risks of a regulatory framework allowing temporary access to patient data for the purpose of combating a global pandemic.