There was a shocking report on questionable data published in prestigious journals. This fake research was exposed by a doctor investigating the FakeNews claim that WHO made about Hydroxychloroquine.
“This should be about data, not opinions, and absolutely not about politics. The world has gone crazy” said Dr Carlos Chaccour
How were medical journals and the WHO caught out over Hydroxychloroquine? Doubt snowballed over Covid-19 drug research. Medical findings should never be political, but when President Trump told reporters that he is taking hydroxychloroquine to try to prevent getting ill fromCovid-19, reporters rushed to publish false data.
Dr Carlos Chaccour of Barcelona said that Desai did not adequately answer questions from Guardian Australia about how Surgisphere, once listed as a medical education company, came seemingly out of nowhere to become a data analytics company implementing a global database using artificial intelligence and cloud sharing in a matter of months, and with just 11 staff.
Surgisphere’s science editor, listed on LinkedIn, appears to have no science or data credentials. Instead, searches of her name and photo suggest she is a full-time science-fiction author and artist. It also surprised Chaccour that the company behind one of the largest hospital databases in the world, had almost no online presence. Its Twitter handle had fewer than 170 followers, when he checked it, with no posts between October 2017 and 2020; its LinkedIn page has fewer than 100 followers and six employees, which now appears to have reduced to three, with no posts before March 2020; its YouTube page has few subscribers, two videos, and no videos posted in the last decade.
New England Journal of Medicine issued an expression of concern for the inconsistencies: ‘We have asked the authors to provide evidence that the data are reliable.’
Dr. Carlos said, I have serious concerns with the database that I believe may have major flaws.” He found race data was reported in the studies that used the database. “It is not clear how Surgisphere gets race data, since collecting it is uncommon in most countries, and illegal in some,” Chaccour says. Surgisphere did not respond to questions from the Guardian about how race data was collected. Their ethics policy is not transparent. Despite the doubt about the Surgisphere database collecting patient data including lab data and physical exam findings, the study was published. The Lancet said “the data collection and analyses are deemed exempt from ethics review”