Researchers Find Racial Bias in Hospital Algorithm – The Wall Street Journal

Black patients were less likely than white patients to get extra medical help, despite being sicker, when an algorithm used by a large hospital chose who got the additional attention, according to a new study underscoring the risks as technology gains a foothold in medicine.

Hospitals use the algorithm—from Optum, UnitedHealth Group Inc.’s health-services arm—to find patients with diabetes, heart disease and other chronic ailments who could benefit from having health-care workers monitor their overall health, manage their…

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