The United States has been known for its healthcare and amazing medical systems which provide the patients with what they need the most and there is a special algorithm that the United States has developed and used for identifying the high risk patients and helps them with more extensive follow ups and more intense care and attention.
These algorithms have been in use for quite a time now and there have been complaints of the algorithm being biased towards the selection of the patients for high risk operations. The algorithms have been accused of giving preference to the white patients over the black and different ethnicities. Ziad Obermeyer who has made the finding, of the University of California, Berkeley, told AFP he stumbled onto the finding almost by chance while analyzing data provided by a major university hospital. The algorithm has followed a process of identifying patients as 2 white and 1 black and then home visits are scheduled and then the black patient was more likely to go on with the worse health. This algorithm however was not programmed to consider race. It is based on the analyzing of health care costs generated by the patient in the past and the white people generally have the edge in this aspect.
The algorithm should be reprogrammed and different aspects and parameters should be updated and this should change the way the patients are selected and give the deserving ones the treatment first. Let’s see how the algorithm changes in the future
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