Incident 603: Algorithmic Allocation of Resources in Healthcare for Disabled and Elderly Care Services Allegedly Harming Patients

Description: A healthcare algorithm designed to equitably distribute caregiving resources drastically cut care hours for the disabled and elderly, leading to significant hardships and harm. Initially developed for fair resource allocation, the system ultimately faced legal challenges for its inability to accurately assess individual needs, resulting in reduced essential care and raising ethical concerns about AI in healthcare decision-making.


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Daniel Atherton
What happened when a ‘wildly irrational’ algorithm made crucial healthcare decisions · 2021

Going up against an algorithm was a battle unlike any other Larkin Seiler had faced.

Because of his cerebral palsy, the 40-year-old, who works at an environmental engineering firm and loves attending sports games of nearly any type, depends…


A "variant" is an incident that shares the same causative factors, produces similar harms, and involves the same intelligent systems as a known AI incident. Rather than index variants as entirely separate incidents, we list variations of incidents under the first similar incident submitted to the database. Unlike other submission types to the incident database, variants are not required to have reporting in evidence external to the Incident Database. Learn more from the research paper.