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Health Tech, Artificial Intelligence

When algorithms help — and when they hurt

A recent study published in Nature found that an algorithm was able to detect causes of knee pain not seen by a radiologist, helping account for racial disparities in knee pain.  But in other cases, algorithms can further disparities, allocating clinical resources in ways that disfavor underserved patients. Dr. Ziad Obermeyer, a professor at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health, shared how he approaches algorithms in a biased world.