The World Health Organization and several national governments changed their COVID-19 policies and treatments on the basis of the study published by The Lancet and NEJM (The New England Journal of Medicine). But when serious concerns were raised about the integrity of the study, these journals had to retract the study. On further probe, it turned out that the dubious data was taken from a little-known US healthcare analytics company Surgisphere. The Guardian wrote an article about its investigation of this study.
If only The LANCET and NEJM had a robust data governance framework! Then, these more than 200-year-old reputed medical journals wouldn’t have come on their knees due to their publishing this faulty data study on COVID & HCQ (Hydroxychloroquine).
With knowledge about Data Governance, whoever from the Lancet and NEJM approved the study would have asked questions about:
For business and each one of us whose fate hangs in suspension due to the COVID crisis, the lesson here is to: