In his new book, “The Creative Destruction of Medicine,” Dr. Eric Topol talks about how the healthcare industry has been slow to adopt new technologies and how those technologies will eventually revolutionize the way we receive care.
Dr. Topol believes that these technological advances will be driven by the demand of the patients:
“The medical community is incapable of effecting change in a reasonable time frame, so we really need to get the consumer base educated and activated.”
One such advancement that Dr. Topol believes will have a major impact on treatment is the ability of physicians to now provide patients with personal genome sequencing. As the quality and cost of these tests continue to improve, Dr. Topol believes they will one day become commonplace, allowing for doctors to identify ahead of time what their patients’ chances are of developing different conditions and enabling preventative measures to be taken.
For his part, Dr. Topol’s method of care involves the use of a handheld ultra-sound monitor in place of the old-fashioned stethoscope, diagnostic apps for smartphones, completely digital health records, and a device that sticks to the skin and monitors your heart’s activity that you can send back in the mail, as opposed to a bulky and complicated Holter monitor. Dr. Topol calls it:
“The Netflix of heart-rate monitoring.”
Dr. Topol’s Vitals profile lists him as a cardiologist and internist with 29 years’ experience. To learn more about Dr. Topol’s education, research, and awards, view his profile.