The title of this post won’t win me the humility award of the day but Google’s insight about Diabetes and Heart disease proves why my White Paper is still on target. America’s leading tech firm, Google, can’t even get the details of two serious illnesses right.
Diabetes and heart disease are almost entirely weight related illnesses (not enough room to describe here but it is exploded in the White Paper). The epidemic of obesity is not a secret and yet the treatments recommended in Google’s health search box depicts the solutions commonly discussed. These solutions keep individuals sick, mask symptoms and provide little long term hope for those with the illness.
I applaud Google for recently adding these informational boxes. As the article linked explains Google recently added health information boxes for 900 health conditions.
The concept is spot on but the execution is terrible, at least, it’s terrible for the two samples I show in this post.
If we’re going to repair our nations healthcare system, easy access to accurate health condition information is a critical improvement that is needed. Only 1 in 20 searches are health related but that was enough for Google to make the investment in creating these health info-boxes.
The information provided is incomplete, it’s incomplete because it doesn’t tell those with the condition what their options are beyond conventional methods. There’s not room in this post to talk about those other options but we explore it in the White Paper.
However, I made this post to use it as an example of what I call rationing. Our current system controls healthcare information which in many cases can be detrimental to the health of an individual. If you control information, your rationing options. Incomplete information about a health condition is clearly an example of how rationing already exists.
There is an economic cost to this bad information and unsuspecting employers and individuals will continue to pick up the tab. There’s outrage about cost but no discussion about real solutions. Watch my video about the system and why it will perpetuate itself unless change occurs.
Look for more to come as we discuss the US healthcare system the costs and solutions. But, first follow our posts and look for the White Paper in the future.