Google Forms Advisory Council Heavy on Bigwigs

Well, at least Google tries. We have to give them credit for that, and for this very first step — which I honestly hope is just that (as others have suggested giving Google the benefit of the doubt) — it’s a doosey. They’ve gone and created an advisory council to help guide them in their thinking in health.

But in a very traditional, Big-Company-Hey-Maybe-a-Little-Evil-Won’t-Hurt-Us way, they didn’t fill such a council with patients and patient advocates. Instead, they filled it with doctors and doctor insiders (and, of course, a representative of Wal-Mart!), because who better to help Google figure out health than docs?!

Gee, I dunno. How about the people who’ve been the unhappy recipients of such a system for the past 3 or 4 decades?

Sandy over at Junk Food Science has some immediate concerns about the road this leads Google down, namely one of censorship and not helping people find all health information:

Screening out “irrelevant” and “unhelpful” information? That sounds like a euphemism for censorship.

I also blogged about the Google Goof on World of Psychology.

A for effort, D for implementation.

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3 Responses to “Google Forms Advisory Council Heavy on Bigwigs”

  1. Terry Graedon says:

    At least one of the experts on Google’s new board is Sharon Terry. Although she’s now an expert, she got started as a parent-patient-advocate. You can read about her in e-patients: how they can help us heal health care. Now, if only Google would include more patients and their advocates!

  2. Susannah Fox says:

    If you want to read more about Google’s plans, check out this “e-CareManagement blog” post which covers:

    The Current Market Structure for Personal Health Information (PHI)
    Google Health’s Anticipated Technology Model
    Three Leverage Points
    GH Will Be Disruptive
    Concluding Thoughts

    http://e-caremanagement.com/connecting-the-dotsgoogle-health-promises-to-create-and-dominate-next-generation-phrs/

  3. Many bloggers are talking about Google and Health. I have just recollect some of them at http://www.ictconsequences.net/category/ict/search-engines/

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