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California Probes Race Bias in Hospitals’ Patient Care Software

Aug. 31, 2022, 7:39 PM

California is investigating whether software that helps hospitals carry out tasks such as patient diagnostics discriminates against racial and ethnic minorities, according to the state’s top legal official.

Attorney General Rob Bonta’s office sent a letter to 30 unidentified hospitals in the state on Wednesday asking them for data on “decision-making tools, products, software systems, or algorithmic methodologies” used in operations including triage, billing and operating room scheduling.

The information request marks the “first step” in a state inquiry into whether commercial algorithms used by providers to make decisions regarding patients’ health-care access results in impartial treatment, according to ...