Doctors, patient advocacy groups and medical device manufacturers are working together to study racial and gender bias in medical devices.
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NAS) is forming a broad cross-disciplinary task force to assess the status of racial and gender bias in medical devices, the group announced Wednesday. The task force will report back to NAS after one year.
“For years we’ve known that medical devices can be biased, that women, racial minorities and other people are more likely to get devices that are inappropriate, ineffective or should not be used,” Nicole Poletti, president of the Healthcare Industry Advocacy Network, said in a statement. “All members of the healthcare industry should be able to buy products that work and that they trust. The task force is the first step to eliminating all this bias.”