Challenging racism in the use of health data

Elsevier, The Lancet Digital Health, Volume 3, Issue 3, 2021, Pages e144-e146, ISSN 2589-7500
Hannah E Knight, Sarah R Deeny, Kathryn Dreyer, Jorgen Engmann, Maxine Mackintosh, and Sobia Raza

The authors examine how structural inequalities, biases, and racism in society are easily encoded in datasets and in the application of data science, and how this practice can reinforce existing social injustices and health inequalities. Approaching the problem from the perspective of data scientists, the authors follow the stages in an analytical pipeline to consider how and where things can go wrong. They then outline the essential role of data scientists in tackling racism and discrimination.