Knowledge is power: How clinicians can battle the ‘infodemic’ of misinformation

Key takeaways from the “Knowledge is power” webinar held on July 14, 2021

The ‘infodemic’ problem in healthcare is a real one – and if left unaddressed, could affect the quality of clinical effectiveness and decision making by clinicians, said a panel of leading medical professionals at the “Knowledge is power: How clinical knowledge can transform quality of care” webinar held on July 14.

The panel included leading professionals across the ASEAN region:

  • Dr Stephen Chan, Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Woodlands Health Campus, Singapore
  • Prof. Korpong Rookkapan, MD Holistic Medicine Officer; Bumrungrad & VitalLife, Thailand
  • Dr Helen Garcia, Chief Quality Officer, St. Luke’s Medical Center, Philippines
  • Dr Sumariyono, Medical Director, Rumah Sakit dr Cipto Mungunkusumo, Indonesia
  • Krishna Ayagari, Vice President Embedded Solutions & Partnerships, Wolters Kluwer Health

Key takeaways:

  1. An ‘infodemic’ refers to not just a deluge of information, but also the increase in misinformation and disinformation – false information that is being spread unintentionally or otherwise.
  2. With strong clinician-patient relationships, based on trust and rapport, patients have more confidence in doctors’ advice, and thus less likely to turn to less credible information on the internet or social media platforms
  3. It is important to equip medical professionals with tools that allow them to identify and access trusted sources of information, so they can then disseminate these to their patients

For those of you who have missed the webinar, or would like a recap of the discussions, we have put together a full report capturing all the key points made by the speakers over the hour-long session. Click here to download the report for free.