In­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy can help elim­i­nate bias

Modern Healthcare - - COMMENT -

The re­cent ar­ti­cle, “Read­mis­sions may say more about pa­tients than care” (ModernHealthcare.com, Sept. 14) of­fers some very in­ter­est­ing find­ings, yet not sur­pris­ing. Poorer pop­u­la­tions face many chal­lenges that oth­ers do not.

One of those chal­lenges is still some­thing these hos­pi­tals can do some­thing about, and that is the ex­plicit and mostly im­plicit (un­con­scious) bias of providers that re­sults in lesser care for racial and eth­nic mi­nori­ties. How do you solve these prob­lems? You re­spon­si­bly use com­put­ers to help with your cog­ni­tion. Par­tic­u­larly in dif­fer­en­tial di­ag­no­sis and workup, al­go­rithms have no racial or eth­nic bias, and no con­tempt for the obese or the al­co­holic.

Cameron Pow­ell CEO Physi­cian Cog­ni­tion Boul­der, Colo.

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