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E-Newsletter    June 2024
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Editor's E-Note

The World Health Organization has outlined more than 40 recommendations for health care providers and others to help them appropriately use large multimodal models (LMMs)—a widely adopted form of generative artificial intelligence technology. The guidance pertains to five applications of LMMs, among which are diagnosis and clinical care and documentation and summarization of patient visits within EHRs.

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AI Ethics and Governance Guidance

The World Health Organization (WHO) is releasing new guidance on the ethics and governance of large multimodal models (LMMs)—a type of fast growing generative artificial intelligence (AI) technology with applications across health care.

The guidance outlines over 40 recommendations for consideration by governments, technology companies, and health care providers to ensure the appropriate use of LMMs to promote and protect the health of populations.

LMMs can accept one or more types of data inputs, such as text, videos, and images, and generate diverse outputs not limited to the type of data inputted. LMMs are unique in their mimicry of human communication and ability to carry out tasks they were not explicitly programmed to perform. LMMs have been adopted faster than any consumer application in history, with several platforms—such as ChatGPT, Bard, and Bert—entering the public consciousness in 2023.

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