By Art Papier, MD (JAN 29, 2021)
The rise of the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in medical practice during the Covid-19 pandemic is impossible to ignore. Providers and organizations have adopted and increased their AI capabilities to deal with the many new challenges brought by the crisis. From virtually screening patient symptoms to managing the influx of patients, AI-driven support tools now more than ever are being used by clinicians at the point of care to guide their decision-making.
The global pandemic also has highlighted serious racial disparities and underscored how important it is for health leaders to improve diagnostic accuracy and outcomes for traditionally disadvantaged populations. Whether the bias is implicit or explicit, racism in healthcare is an issue that requires deliberate solutions.