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Racial biases from the past can lead to modern misdiagnoses

On Behalf of | Jun 26, 2023 | Regulatory & Other Items

Having a bias means unfairly and inaccurately comparing or classifying other people. Most people in Illinois assume that racial bias in the medical field is a thing of the past. However, past biases seem to have a far-reaching effect on current generations of Black males.

Problematic beliefs from the past

History is full of people who believed things that turned out not to be true. Unfortunately, the world’s past medical experts weren’t always right. One of the falsehoods from the past was that the lungs of black males were typically in worse condition than those of white males. Common sense and time prove that this bias from the past isn’t true.

The effect of past bias on current medical software

Many industries, especially the medical field, rely on ever-advancing technology to improve nearly all aspects of their day-to-day work. Unfortunately, these forms of technology sometimes find and use outdated and inaccurate information to help make their determinations. One example of the effect of biases on software is a heart failure scoring system automatically scoring Black males as a low-risk group based on their race.

If medical professionals use updated algorithms without this bias, they can diagnose up to 40% of Black male patients earlier than they would have otherwise. Making earlier diagnoses and treating patients sooner could help save their lives. As more Black males learn of this news, it could lead to an increase in medical malpractice claims.

If you suspect you were experienced medical malpractice, gather as much evidence surrounding the suspected incident as possible. Collecting and storing extensive documentation could help you support a claim for damages.