Google Health’s Karen De Salvo says trust is ‘job one’ (2)

30 June, 2023

Thank you Neil and thank you Richard to forwarding what Google says about health. One has to take what Google says with a lot of caution especially that:

1. Whatever is said is motivated by money and financial interest. The wellbeing of people is just a “vehicle” they use to achieve financial results. If these results do not meet their expectations they either dismiss the individual or harass her/him to until they decide to leave. Those who have ethics (in addition to financial interest) they have already left Google.

2. It’s a big lie to say to say “four billion” use the internet. This is part of Google’s campaign to sell themselves. The official statistics by the ITU and other more reliable source state differently;

3. Millions or billions of people use Android, but there are millions or billions who use other most reliable operating systems and of course they sue [use] other browsers.

4. To assume that people will rely on Google to get health information is just another big lie taking into consideration the advertisements that go with health information and the huge misinformation that Google has supported all the way.

5. My own experience with Google is very very very bad when I was director of knowledge, ethics and research at WHO/HQ. I am sure they have recording of all our discussions with them regarding two big issues: one related to the use of ICD and the other was the use of World Health Report for computer assisted translation.

With kind regards.

Najeeb Al-Shorbaji, PhD, IAHSI

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Director, Knowledge, Ethics and Research WHO/HQ (Retired)

e-Marefa Advisor

President, Jordan Library and Information Association

President, eHealth Development Association, Jordan

President, Middle East and North Africa Association of Health Informatics

IMIA Vice-President for MEDINFO 2023

Part-time Lecturer and Researcher at PLRI, Germany

Visiting Professor, Ain Shams University, Egypt

Member of the International Academy of Public Health Scientific Council

Editor, Jordanian Journal of Library and Information Science

Editorial Board Member, Arab Board Medical Journal

ORCID ID 0000-0003-3843-8430

HIFA profile: Najeeb Al-Shorbaji recently retired from the World Health Organization (WHO), where he has worked since 1988 in different capacities. He was most recently Director of the Knowledge, Ethics and Research Department at WHO headquarters, Geneva. Previously he was Coordinator for Knowledge Management and Sharing in EMRO (Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office), Egypt. He is a member of a number of national and international professional societies and associations specialised in information management and health informatics. He has authored over 100 research papers and articles presented in various conferences and published in professional journals. He is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and the HIFA Working Group on Multilingualism. Email: shorbajin AT