Jennifer Ortiz

Consumer Health Coordinator, Region 3

Jen Ortiz (she/her) is the Consumer Health Coordinator for the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) - Region 3 at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. A former public librarian in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, she now works with libraries and community organizations to improve health literacy and access. She also oversees membership for the Region 3 office.

She is a 2021 APHA Sewell Scholar recipient.

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How Implicit Bias Affects Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare Implicit bias is a natural survival instinct inherent in human beings. However, when implicit bias is not addressed in a healthcare setting, health disparities, gaps in care, and discrimination can occur in clinical settings. Algorithmic bias in healthcare still exists today, and as new technologies and digital innovations are introduced into the care continuum, leaders must acknowledge that many of the foundations the tools are built upon contain damaging bias that negatively impacts patient care. Taking deliberate steps to mitigate these biases can reduce health disparities and allow the promise of artificial intelligence to be fully realized in improving patient outcomes.

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