Google vs. Michael Moore

Posted on July 9, 2007 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

I don’t really follow Michael Moore that much, but I do know he just came out with a movie called Sicko that basically nails the US Healthcare system. I’m sure that many of the stories he shows are dead on. However, the guy being interviewed on Charlie Rose was a complete idiot that didn’t show an understanding of the healthcare system. He mentioned other countries with government healthcare coverage as a model that we should follow. While I think there is a lot that can be learned from other countries healthcare systems, Michael Moore was going about it the wrong way. I think maybe Michael Moore should go to some of these other countries and do a video called Sicko2 which shows that even socialized medicine has its problems.

I also thought it was interesting that someone on Google came out against the movie Sicko. Here’s what a Lauren Turner of Google Health Advertising team said in regards to Sicko:

While legislators, litigators, and patient groups are growing excited, others among us are growing anxious. And why wouldnt they? Moore attacks health insurers, health providers, and pharmaceutical companies by connecting them to isolated and emotional stories of the system at its worst. Moores film portrays the industry as money and marketing driven, and fails to show healthcares interest in patient well-being and care.

We can place text ads, video ads, and rich media ads in paid search results or in relevant websites within our ever-expanding content network. Whatever the problem, Google can act as a platform for educating the public and promoting your message.

Not a wise choice considering later Google said that didn’t represent Google’s opinions, but was Lauren’s alone. While I think that means that Google left Lauren out to dry, I am glad that blogging is available to allow people to express their true feelings on a subject.

Now where’s Google Health and Google PHR?