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Our guiding principles on the ethical use of artificial intelligence in healthcare technology to benefit users, including patients and healthcare providers
Since 1949, Medtronic has been engineering the extraordinary. As the global leader in healthcare technology, we have deep clinical knowledge and experience developing new lifesaving and life-sustaining medical technologies. Our journey of innovation continues with advances in the application of artificial intelligence (AI) to our medical technologies. The AI Compass represents the principles we will use to guide our journey and the commitments we make to the users of our technologies, including patients and healthcare providers.
While these technologies have great potential to improve patient care and further the Medtronic Mission to alleviate pain, restore health, and extend life, we also recognize that AI-enabled technologies raise new and important considerations. This AI Compass affirms our commitments to apply AI ethically and where it will make contributions to improve patient health outcomes and the conditions of patient care delivery.
As we continue on our journey of AI innovation, we commit to a continuous learning and improvement mindset, recognizing that the state of our knowledge as well as that of user and public expectations will continue to evolve.
We develop AI-enabled technologies that further the Medtronic Mission of alleviating pain, restoring health, and extending life.
We apply best practices and scientific evidence to design AI-enabled technologies that are secure, safe, and effective.
We develop, validate, and monitor solutions using high-quality, robust, and clinically relevant data of target patient groups with the goal of identifying and eliminating potential bias and discrimination in our AI-enabled technology.
Consistent with the Medtronic Mission, a commitment to quality is our top priority. This same philosophy guides our creation and use of AI-enabled technologies.
We develop and design AI-enabled technologies to empower users, including patients and healthcare providers, with appropriate human control and oversight.
Medtronic protects the personal data and privacy of users, patients, healthcare providers, and partners throughout the total product lifecycle.
We are transparent about whether our medical technologies are AI-enabled, the intended use of the system, the algorithms that produce AI-enabled outcomes, and the responsibility for ultimate decision-making.
The AI Compass applies the ethical standards from the Medtronic Code of Conduct to the development of AI-enabled technologies and, specifically, how we apply AI ethically to our products and solutions where it will make unique and worthy contributions to health outcomes. The Medtronic Code of Conduct provides the framework through which every employee is expected to live out our Mission and incorporates tools for ethical decision-making.