Lawmakers Demand Scrutiny of Racial Bias in Health Algorithms
As new tools and algorithims for AI get built it is vital that we make sure we are looking at the biases that are being written in. Good article from Wired:
Nwamaka Eneanya, an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania, welcomes the letter. She has studied the kidney tool, eGFR, and says there’s good reason to think it puts Black patients at a disadvantage, compounding existing health disparities. Black patients are effectively required to get sicker than white patients before they can access specialist care, she says. The tool has been superseded by an alternative that doesn’t use race, and abandoned by some major US hospitals, including Massachusetts General and University of California San Francisco.
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