UN bulletin - information - matter of life and death (as are Cradle to grave medical records - literally)

14 July, 2022


This piece was in a recent UN daily blog and may be of interest to HIFA members. [*see note below]

HIFA profile: Richard Fitton is a retired family doctor - GP. Professional interests: Health literacy, patient partnership of trust and implementation of healthcare with professionals, family and public involvement in the prevention of modern lifestyle diseases, patients using access to professional records to overcome confidentiality barriers to care, patients as part of the policing of the use of their patient data

Email address: richardpeterfitton7 AT gmail.com

[*Note from NPW, moderator: This UN news item refers to misinformation as weapons of war. Health misinformation is not mentioned, but is clearly also 'a matter of life and death'. Furthermore all types of misinformation are interconnected. Situations of fragility, conflict and mistrust in authority combine with ease of spread through social media to generate increasing levels of misinformation. The final quote from Lieutenant General Marcos De Sá Affonso Da Costa (UN force commander in Democratic Republic of the Congo) warns: “Fake news, diffused through messaging and social media, are difficult to distinguish from reality and will soon be virtually undetectable”.]