Date: 17 April 16
By: Frank Gue, B.Sc., MBA, P.Eng.,
Burlington 905 634 9538
For: Editors, Macleans
Re: “Wait, there’s not an app … “ Apr. 18
This problem of “wildly inaccurate” health care apps is the tip of
an iceberg. Information found on the Web ranges from life-
threateningly wrong to life-savingly helpful.
The in-flight stability of an aircraft is explained by someone listing
himself as an Engineering PhD. His information is simply wrong.
Anyone home-building an aircraft using his information could
kill himself in it.
On the other hand, information from the Mayo Clinic was used
by a layman to diagnose, months before the doctors did, a
case of bladder cancer which is said to be “relatively easy to
treat if caught early.”
Thus a user of the Web must understand that information there
can be dangerous and must be used with good judgment and
much patience, cross-checking, and re-checking before it
is used for any important purpose.