If you read here often enough then you know I like accurate data and when I find obscene examples of folks not keeping up, I post it.  I have no problem with listings of doctors and patient comments; however, the ratings game is skewed anymore as we have credible and non credible data being combined and the accuracy is not always there.  Any doubts on this topic, check out the “Attack of the Killer Algorithms” series where I have listed over 40 chapters on how this is playing out in real life.  Obviously being on the board will increase income.  A few months ago I talked about the same topic and have run not run across many doctors in my travels who are happy with any of these ratings and it in the news, you can read the same with some hospitals, so again other than a listing with comments, these are getting to be pretty useless.  In the PR WorldOne states they have over 1.7 million fully verified  healthcare professionals so maybe they should be sitting on the HealthGrades board you think? 

HealthGrades Puts Out Top Hospital List–Time to Drop All the Hospital Ratings Sites As Nobody Cares, Many Don’t Have Time To Read and Too Much “Flawed Data”

I got on to this a couple years ago after finding my former MD, who has been deceased for 8 years still listed and honoring HeatlhNet insurance.  That post got some real attention to include a nice little chat with the AMA a couple years ago after I blogged it.  Below is the link to the AMA article.  There are other sites too such as Avvo and Vitals that don’t get it right as well. 

Dead doctors stubbornly alive on physician-finder sites

Last November there was the announcement about HealthGrades merging with CPM marketing and I see of late to where they are looking to hire a social media expert.  Somebody has to talk about credible and non credible data on the web and I guess it’s my turn today. 

HealthGrades to Merge with CPM Marketing–Will Their Data and Questionable Algorithms Will Be Improved For Consumers?

So far has the data been improved?  This doctor is on the HealthGrades Honor Roll too. That’s a good question as here’s the HealthGrades image I took today of with Dr. Gary Michelson who won a landmark patent case against Medtronic still on their list as a practicing Orthopedic surgeon? 

I have covered the doctor’s wonderful efforts here and what he is doing with grant money to improve the lives of pets, and he’s been on the Forbes Millionaire list, but did this not cross somewhere at HealthGrades?  Don’t they have an algorithm that searches out current news or even old news in this case to keep their listings accurate?  Here’s a link to the LA Times that talks about his settlement with Medtronic in 2005. 


I’m asking what is the big deal here with this board position I guess going over to WorldOne.  Also remember these types of companies make a lot of money selling data and they should be taxed as a lot comes from state government servers to where the mining bots pay a small license fee and clog up the pipelines so we have a hard time getting in.  North Carolina threw out CoreLogic over that practice and some states such as Arizona and a few others have had to make purchases of additional software to limit the bot activity so what little states make on licensing they end up paying it out again with governing software.  Is this private equity at work?  Algorithms shift and make money and you don’t see it.  In March the latest hospital report came out and MDs and hospitals from Massachusetts were very upset as they didn’t make any of the top rankings. 

Healthgrades Hospital Report is Out and Still Think Their Algorithms Needs Work…

So again, what’s the purpose of this big move to sitting on the board, is it an effort to “sell” more data with new marketing techniques?  It’s all about the money and I don’t disgrace anyone from making money but stop the “Algo Duping” and be responsible for what it put out on the web.  If you want to know more about the duping and how math and formulas can deceive and make money, check out this link below.  I would hope one day we have lawmakers that in some way or fashion get smarter otherwise we are all sunk. 


”Hey dude let’s crunch some numbers and see if we can come up with some analytics to sell”

Congress To Investigate the Data Sellers - Need To Create a Law to Tax Them As The Algorithms Used For This Business Generate Billions of Dollars, Partly Why Corporate Profits Are So High - Remove the Medical Device Tax as They Produce Needed Jobs/Tangibles


By the way, here’s a blog post about the wonderful efforts of Dr. Michelson if you want to see what he’s doing today.  He’s on smart doctor who beat the system when a big corporation violated his patents and now see what he’s doing, good stuff and maybe HealthGrades will also become aware of his efforts via this post:) BD

$75 Million Prize for a way to sterilize pets – a one-time non-surgical means to sterilize male and female cats and dogs


NEW YORK, Aug. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- WorldOne (www.worldone.com), the global leader in healthcare insights and intelligence, announced today that HealthGrades founder, Chairman of the Board, and former CEO, Kerry Hicks has joined its Board of Directors.



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