Racial bias found in widely used health care algorithm

“A widely used health care algorithm that helps determine which patients need additional attention was found to have a significant racial bias, favoring white patients over blacks ones who were sicker and had more chronic health conditions, according to research published last week in the journalScience” reports A new algorithm, which uses health prediction in conjunction with cost, saw an 84 percent reduction in bias.Black patients spent $1,800 less in medical costs per year than white patients with the same chronic conditions, leading the algorithm to conclude incorrectly that the black patients must be healthier since they spend less on health care.

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