Flawed Algorithm Favors White Patients

A leading algorithm used to guide health care decisions severely underestimates the needs of the sickest black patients, revealing a stark racial bias favoring white patients, Science reports.
 
Correcting the bias would more than double the number of black patients flagged as at risk in the health system studied.
 
The company, Optum, had tried to be race blind—removing race from the calculation and focusing on how much patients cost health systems. But, the researchers point out, cost isn’t a race-neutral metric.
 
Optum is working on a correction—but tools used by other private companies likely have the same problem.
 
The Washington Post

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