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UnitedHealth Faces Probe over Racial Discrimination in Its Algorithm

HeadlineNov 05, 2019

New York’s insurance regulator is launching an investigation into UnitedHealth Group, after a study showed a UnitedHealth algorithm prioritized medical care for healthier white patients over sicker black patients. A study published in the journal Science found that the algorithm, called Impact Pro, steered black patients away from high-quality care and favored treating white patients with complex health procedures over black patients. It’s one of the latest examples of racial discrimination in algorithms or artificial intelligence technology, which also includes a Google-funded artificial intelligence tool that found tweets from African Americans were more likely to be considered “toxic” than tweets from white people. U.S. government facial recognition tools are also more likely to misidentify black people more often than white people.

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