Information technology can help eliminate bias
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.