[Irtalk] Impact of Social Sciences – The Outing of the Medical Profession: Data marathons to open clinical research gates to frontline service providers.

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Fri Jul 18 10:47:36 SAST 2014

*The biggest phenomenon that is impacting healthcare is not the data
revolution or the open data movement. It is the outing of the medical
profession and the biomedical research enterprise* which commenced with the
Institute of Medicine’s report “To Err is Human” [pdf] in 1999. In 2013, we
were dealt back-to-back blows with the National Academy of Sciences’ report
“Shorter Lives, Poorer Health” [pdf] and The Economist piece “Unreliable
research: Trouble at the lab”. The medical profession (and the entire
healthcare industry for that matter) has not been functioning as well as we
thought it did. “*Half of what we know might be wrong, and the other half
useless*,” is perhaps the most damning appraisal of the state of medical
knowledge that came from Professor John Ioannidis in his editorial “How
Many Contemporary Medical Practices are Worse than Doing Nothing or Doing


*​A very good reason for open access/data, improved health care.​*
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