A group of researchers at Duke University has created an algorithm that it hopes will reduce racial disparities in the diagnosis and treatment of peripheral artery disease, or PAD, the Wall Street Journal reports.
The researchers created an algorithm that analyzes a person's diagnosis codes and medical histories to spot new patients and update the status of existing ones.
When tested in a preliminary program, the algorithm allowed PAD specialists to detect new patients and update the status of existing ones, prioritizing high-risk patients with upcoming medical appointments.
The prioritization allowed specialists to offer recommendations to these high-risk patients' primary care providers.
The researchers say the primary goal of this initiative is to reduce the racial disparities in both PAD diagnoses and healthcare.
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