Root of Some Health Disparities May be Buried in Technology
March 3, 2021
As the coronavirus pandemic revealed significant disparities in health equity, executives at the University of California San Francisco turned to an interesting place to address this issue: technology. And what they discovered was fascinating. Bias built into algorithms, predictive models, and processes could be the root of some problems.
As other organizations seek to address this issue, "Plan to evaluate all healthcare initiatives or tools used to drive healthcare with the equity lens," said Sara Murray, associate chief medical information officer at UCSF Health.
At The Quest for Health Equity, a recent virtual event organized by the health IT association, Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), Murray described how work that began before the pandemic to evaluate equity at UCSF Health was able to influence the healthcare organization's response to COVID-19.
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