Racial Bias in Clinical Medicine Algorithms Targeted by HHS

March 4, 2021, 7:33 PM

The Health and Human Services Department wants to better understand how clinical algorithms used to make decisions about patients’ care “may introduce bias” into that process.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, a division of the HHS focused on evidence in health care, issued a request for information Thursday on how algorithms are developed and how variables tied to race and ethnicity can impact health-care use, patient outcomes, and health disparities. The agency also wants to look at how other variables, such as prior use of the health-care system, could introduce bias.

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