The Creative Destruction of Medicine: How the Digital Revolution Will Create Better Health Care

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Basic Books, Jan 31, 2012 - Medical - 303 pages
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What if your cell phone could detect cancer cells circulating in your blood or warn you of an imminent heart attack? Mobile wireless digital devices, including smartphones and tablets with seemingly limitless functionality, have brought about radical changes in our lives, providing hyper-connectivity to social networks and cloud computing. But the digital world has hardly pierced the medical cocoon.

 Until now. Beyond reading email and surfing the Web, we will soon be checking our vital signs on our phone. We can already continuously monitor our heart rhythm, blood glucose levels, and brain waves while we sleep. Miniature ultrasound imaging devices are replacing the icon of medicine—the stethoscope. DNA sequencing, Facebook, and the Watson supercomputer have already saved lives. For the first time we can capture all the relevant data from each individual to enable precision therapy, prevent major side effects of medications, and ultimately to prevent many diseases from ever occurring. And yet many of these digital medical innovations lie unused because of the medical community’s profound resistance to change. In The Creative Destruction of Medicine, Eric Topol—one of the nation’s top physicians and a leading voice on the digital revolution in medicine—argues that radical innovation and a true democratization of medical care are within reach, but only if we consumers demand it. We can force medicine to undergo its biggest shakeup in history. This book shows us the stakes—and how to win them.
 

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Well written book with a plethora of ideas for the future of medicine. The most common themes in the book involve the use of personalized medicine through genome/DNA mapping and pharmacological ... Read full review

THE CREATIVE DESTRUCTION OF MEDICINE: How the Digital Revolution Will Create Better Health Care

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The director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute suggests that in the not-too-distant future DNA testing and sequencing may become available on a smartphone.The former chairman of ... Read full review

Contents

To What Extent Are Consumers Empowered?
33
Wireless Sensors
59
Sequencing the Genome
77
From Imaging to Printing Organs
122
Electronic Health Records and
141
The Convergence of Human Data Capture
160
THE IMPACT OF HOMO DIGITUS
175
Rebooting the Life Science Industry
196
Homo Digitus and the Individual
226
Afterword
245
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Eric J. Topol, M.D., is professor of innovative medicine and the director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute in La Jolla, California. Trained at Johns Hopkins University, he conducted one of the first trials of a genetically engineered protein for treating heart attacks, and was the founder of the world's first cardiovascular gene bank at the Cleveland Clinic. He lives with his family in La Jolla, California.

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