Synopses & Reviews
While we now use our iPhones and blackberries to send email and surf the Web, soon we could be using them to check our vital signs. The technology already exists for us to continuously monitor our heart rhythm, blood glucose levels, and brain waves while we sleep. Miniature ultrasound imaging devices are replacing the icon of medicinethe stethoscope. DNA sequencing, Facebook, and the Watson supercomputer have already saved lives. For the first time we can digitize” humanscapturing all the relevant data from each individual to enable precision therapy, prevent major side effects of medications, and ultimately prevent many diseases from ever occurring. The world is awash with medical innovationand yet much of it remains unavailable because of the medical communitys profound resistance to change.
In The Creative Destruction of Medicine, Eric Topolone of the nations top physicians and a leading voice on the digital revolution in medicineargues 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 by agitating for access to our medical data and becoming early adopters of practices such as genomic sequencing. This book shows us how.
How the advent of wireless internet, individual data, and personal genomics are revolutionizing medicine, from the laboratory to the clinic to the home
Now with a new postscript covering the unfolding health care revolution
Mobile technology has transformed our lives, and personal genomics is revolutionizing biology. But despite the availability of technologies that can provide wireless, personalized health care at lower cost, the medical community has resisted change. In The Creative Destruction of Medicine, Eric Topolone of the nations top physicianscalls for consumer activism to demand innovation and the democratization of medical care. The Creative Destruction of Medicine is the definitive account of the coming disruption of medicine, written by the fields leading voice.
About the Author
Eric J. Topol, M.D., is the director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute and co-founder and vice-chairman of the West Wireless Health Institute in La Jolla, California. He is a practicing cardiologist at the Scripps Clinic and a professor of genomics at The Scripps Research Institute. One of the top 10 most cited researchers in medicine, Topol was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and has led many of the trials that have shaped contemporary treatment for heart disease.
Table of Contents
PART I: Setting the Foundation
1. The Digital Landscape: Cultivating a Data-Driven, Participatory Culture
2. The Orientation of Medicine Today: Population Versus Individual
3. To What Extent Are Consumers Empowered? Clicks and Tricks
PART II: Capturing the Data
4. Physiology: Wireless Sensors
5. Biology: Sequencing the Genome
6. Anatomy: From Imaging to Printing Organs
7. Electronic Health Records and Health Information Technology
8. The Convergence of Human Data Capture
PART III: The Impact of Homo Digitus
9. Doctors with Plasticity?
10. Rebooting the Life Science Industry
11. Homo Digitus and the Individual