Study Finds a Medical Algorithm Favors White Patients Over Sicker Black Patients

The use of algorithms as a technological diagnostic tool was meant to help lower the nation’s healthcare costs by helping medical providers keep people well.

However, as the Post notes, if a system is already historically biased, it’s easy for a new technological tool to inherit those biases.

“I am struck by how many people still think that racism always has to be intentional and fueled by malice,” Ruha Benjamin, an associate professor of African American studies at Princeton University, told the Post. “They don’t want to admit the racist effects of technology unless they can pinpoint the bigoted boogeyman behind the screen.”

Study Finds a Medical Algorithm Favors White Patients Over Sicker Black Patients

Attention well-meaning Presidential candidates… [hack, cough, ahem, cough, Cory Booker] Technology is not necessarily going to improve things or make it more efficient. The human component is necessary to implement fairness and justice.

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