How AI almost led Dr. Farzad Mostashari down the wrong path on health equity – MedCity News – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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Achieving healthcare efficiency and reducing costs are increasingly the dual goals that hospitals, payers and providers are aiming for and many are looking toward machine learning algorithms to help deliver these while also avowedly not compromising care quality and patient outcomes. But leveraging AI/ML comes with its own pitfalls and human judgment can make the difference between reinforcing systemic racism and alleviating it.

That was the message of Dr. Farzad Mostashari, former National Coordinator for Health IT and CEO of Aledade, who participated in a panel discussion about public and population health moderated by Hemant Taneja, managing partner at venture capital firm General Catalyst, and with co-panelist Caroline Savello, chief commercial officer of Color, the Burlingame, California-based genomics testing and population health company. [A third panelist, Dr. Robert Wachter, professor and chair of the Department of Medicine at UCSF joined the virtual panel that was part of the annual virtual J.P. Morgan Healthcare conference.]

The conversation  inevitably turned to

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