Dissecting racial bias in an algorithm used to manage the health of populations

  title={Dissecting racial bias in an algorithm used to manage the health of populations},
  author={Z. Obermeyer and B. Powers and C. Vogeli and S. Mullainathan},
  pages={447 - 453}
  • Z. Obermeyer, B. Powers, +1 author S. Mullainathan
  • Published 2019
  • Medicine
  • Science
  • Racial bias in health algorithms The U.S. health care system uses commercial algorithms to guide health decisions. Obermeyer et al. find evidence of racial bias in one widely used algorithm, such that Black patients assigned the same level of risk by the algorithm are sicker than White patients (see the Perspective by Benjamin). The authors estimated that this racial bias reduces the number of Black patients identified for extra care by more than half. Bias occurs because the algorithm uses… CONTINUE READING
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