YouTube Teams Up With Healthcare Organizations and Professionals To Combat Misinformation Online

YouTube is entering an official partnership with multiple organizations in the healthcare industry with the aim of disseminating pertinent and useful information regarding the subject to people in need.

Healthcare's an all-too familiar source of discourse nowadays, and hardly ever in a positive connotation. The USA is currently seeing a healthcare crisis, as the combined actions of greedy corporate hospitals and stingy insurance providers have left a good chunk of its citizens picking at the last scrap in their wallets. While its provision outside of the USA is usually better, with even third world countries such as Pakistan and India providing free, albeit rudimentary, healthcare, there's still a lot to worry about. Misinformation, conspiracies, and the rather public actions of movements such as antivaxxers have left the general populace suspicious and doubtful.

At this point, YouTube has decided to chime in with an alleviating solution to the problem. The only way to cure misinformation? Well, information. Combining forces with the American Public Health Association, Harvard School of Public Health, the Mayo Clinic, Osmosis, Psych Hub, Cleveland Clinic, and the National Academy of medicine, the platform is aiming towards making more healthcare related content.

What this could entail has not been defined yet. Considering YouTube's US heritage, as well as that of its collaborators, it's fair to assume that content will be aimed towards tackling misinformation about topics such as vaccination, while also educating viewers about budget-sensitive ways of tackling healthcare insurance. However, until any further official news come along, all we can do is hazard guesses.

This dream team will be led by Dr. Garth Graham, whose CV boasts a position as the Chief Community Health Officer at CVS Health, as well as being part of the US Department of Health under the Bush and Obama governments. He's gone on to specify that information will be focused on teaching people how to identity credible sources, as well as deciphering complicated medical terms.

The actual vehicle in which this information will be disseminated has yet to be specified. It could appear as individual videos made by these separate organizations that YouTube features on the home page. Perhaps a separate webpage or category could be dedicated to them, making information easier for users to sift through. However, considering that YouTube hasn't even provided a timeline for when this content will start airing, it's perhaps too soon to make assumptions.

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