Artificial Intelligence Could Reduce Racial Bias in Medicine

Artificial Intelligence Could Reduce Racial Bias in Medicine

In a study published in the journal Nature Medicine, researchers from Harvard University, Stanford University, the University of Chicago and the University of California, Berkeley, posited that artificial intelligence technology could reduce racial disparities in the treatment of physical pain. Knee osteoarthritis (OA)—localized pain, swelling and stiffness caused by the breakdown of protective articular cartilage—is a common complaint in elderly populations. People of color score far higher on knee pain scales than white people, according to the inquiry. Researchers trained their algorithms on 36,369 knee X-rays from a diverse group of 4,172 people who had been diagnosed with or were at high risk for knee osteoarthritis. However, racial bias in radiology, specifically, and medicine, in general, may also play a role.

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