Washington, D.C. – TechNet, the national, bipartisan network of innovation economy CEOs and senior executives, today sent a letter to the House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health in advance of its hearing on artificial intelligence (AI) and healthcare. The following statement can be attributed to TechNet President and CEO Linda Moore:

“AI has the potential to help us solve the greatest challenges of our time, especially in healthcare. AI is enhancing diagnostics and disease prediction and accelerating the development of new medical treatments, including life-saving vaccines and ways to detect earlier signs of cancer. Moderna used AI to develop a COVID-19 vaccine in record time, and researchers at MIT are using AI to create antibiotics that could combat drug-resistant infections. AI is saving lives by reducing brain scan review time from five hours to 30 seconds, making accurate predictions about disease-causing DNA mutations, and allowing for the creation of special, individualized medical devices in a matter of hours instead of months. It is also improving lives by helping underrepresented populations access clinical trials and providing blind people with new and powerful visual interpretation tools that allow them to be more independent and live fuller lives.

“AI is transforming healthcare to benefit all Americans. However, recognizing and addressing the genuine risks associated with AI is crucial for its responsible development. We applaud the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee for holding today’s hearing and look forward to working with lawmakers from both parties to ensure AI can improve the efficiency and overall effectiveness of America’s healthcare system.”

You can read the letter here.

Additional background on TechNet’s recent actions and leadership on AI policy:

  • TechNet released a comprehensive federal AI policy framework, which included recommendations for protecting consumers’ personal information, promoting innovation and our global competitiveness, identifying unintended bias and discrimination, and investing in upskilling and workforce training programs.
  • TechNet issued a statement on President Biden’s Executive Order on artificial intelligence.
  • TechNet submitted robust comments to the U.S. Copyright Office on AI and copyright law.
  • TechNet launched “AI For America,” a $25 million public affairs initiative to promote AI’s current and future benefits and educate and inform Americans on how AI is already improving their lives, growing our economy, and keeping us safe.
  • John Doerr, TechNet co-founder and Executive Council member and Chairman of Kleiner Perkins, and Steve Case, TechNet Executive Council member and Chairman and CEO of Revolution, recently participated in a Senate AI Insight Forum focused on innovation and global competitiveness.
  • TechNet sent a letter to Senate AI leaders on AI and elections.
  • TechNet hosted a marquee event on Capitol Hill that brought together over 250 interested parties and 25 expert speakers to discuss the positive impact AI is having and will have on all Americans from every walk of life. Congressman Jay Obernolte (R-CA), Google DeepMind Senior Research Director Douglas Eck, Getaround Founder and CEO Sam Zaid, Nasdaq Chief Technology Officer/Chief Information Officer Brad Peterson, and other industry leaders participated. You can watch the event here.
  • TechNet submitted comments to the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) urging them to enforce their existing authority on “fraudulent misrepresentation” and bar deliberately misleading campaign communications generated with AI.
  • TechNet submitted comments to the Office of Science and Technology Policy as they were developing their National AI Strategy.
  • TechNet submitted comments to the Office of Science and Technology Policy on automated systems in the workplace.
  • TechNet submitted comments to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) on AI system accountability measures and policies.