Correcting unintentional biases in medical device product design is a big step toward improving equity in medtech.[Image from Pixabay]Achuta Kadambi, an assistant professor at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering, says when looking at bias in medical devices, there’s often a lot of narrative in the media of what it is. However, it’s also important to address what it doesn’t show.
“One that doesn’t show up is that it’s a really challenging technical problem and an exciting technical problem to address,” he said, citing an example of how light doesn’t play well with darker objects like darker skin tones.
Kadambi, who recently published a column in the journal Science about achieving fairness in medical devices, says there has to be a technical passion for solving these problems. (He also discussed his views during a recent DeviceTalks Weekly podcast.)
He adds that the social impact is equally crucial …