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Managing the medical malpractice litigation rush

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RANDS AND SENSE You will have read of the enormous pressure placed on the public and private healthcare sectors by an ever-increasing number of medical malpractice claims and quantum of awards – or settlements of those claims. The contingent liability of the provincial health departments for medical malpractice claims is astounding, running into billions of rands.  In the private sector, doctors and hospitals are seeing increasing court awards and settlement amounts drive up the costs of obtaining medical malpractice insurance.  That all goes, directly and indirectly, to affect medical service delivery negatively. In dealing with and resolving medical malpractice claims [...]

Lord Chief Justice hails potential of big data and AI to reduce litigation and promote settlement

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Lord Chief Justice hails potential of big data and AI to reduce litigation and promote settlement Burnett: AI transformative technology The Lord Chief Justice has called the ability of computers to use big data to predict outcomes “one of the most exciting developments of the age” and forecast the technology would be used to prevent litigation and promote settlements. In the long run, while he doubted judges would be replaced by robots, he anticipated artificial intelligence (AI) would reduce the number of disputes reaching trial. Giving public legal information website Bailii’s first Sir Henry Brooke annual lecture – a talk [...]