Digital quackery is a thing. It’s the big thing right now.
The hype on health apps. Here’s an overview of systematic reviews of trials on their impact. You’ll be astonished to hear there are very few trials, and gazillions of apps making health claims.https://t.co/yPbAy10leP
— ben goldacre (@bengoldacre) July 12, 2018
Everyone’s getting worried these days about a new breed of quacks: app developers making health claims.
Interesting to note that some of those pointing the finger (eg. the American Medical Association) have already turned around once they arrived at the convenient conclusion that they’re ‘snake oil’ unless they pay us a few quid to certify they’re good.
It’s all given me an idea to compile a list of the best examples of “Digital Quackery”. I’ll kick off the list with a few I’ve seen and please feel encourage to add your favorites in the comments (with the reasons):
> The NHS Trust (University College London) that ordered a £400Million EHR from EPIC that was so incompetent at adopting tech that when they bought every member of staff an iPad the majority ended up in store cupboards.
> The NHS’s £12+ Billion National Program for Information Technology (NPFit) that introduced an EHR concept that didn’t give Patients access to information even though we know how ridiculous this situation is.
> The Royal College of General Practitioners who ran a Video Consultation Skills Course that wasn’t live-streamed or video recorded and was led by a GP who didn’t offer video consults and didn’t have a website.