November 01, 2018

College Submits Feedback for National AI Research and Development Strategic Plan

On October 26, 2018, the American College of Radiology (ACR) submitted comments in response to the U.S. government’s request for information (RFI) to inform possible revisions to the “National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan.” 


The strategic plan, which was first developed in 2016, covers a wide range of AI research and development interests and priorities for various federal agencies and is not limited to the health care sector.

The RFI was released by the multiagency Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) on behalf of the National Science and Technology Council’s (NSTC) Select Committee on AI. The ACR’s comments were developed under the leadership of its Data Science Institute (DSI) with input from the ACR research and government relations teams. The ACR also provided input to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in 2016. Those comments helped to inform the current version of the strategic plan.

The ACR’s latest recommendations generally focused on the need for federal support for the integration of clinically relevant, generalizable, explicable and appropriately validated A.I. solutions into routine clinical practice.

In specific terms, the ACR’s comments address the seven strategic aims outlined in the federal plan:

  1. Long-term investments in AI research
  2. Effective methods for human-AI collaboration
  3. Ethical, legal and societal implications of AI
  4. Safety and security of systems
  5. Public datasets and training/testing environments
  6. Standards and benchmarks
  7. Workforce issues