Modern-day healthcare can be a lot like Plato’s Cave – patients often feel left in the dark when it comes to their prescribed healthcare regimens, unsure of what the medications they’re prescribed will do to their bodies and confused about what their test results really mean.
Eric Topol, MD – cardiologist, professor of genomics, chief academic officer for Scripps Health and director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute – is attempting to erase this ambiguity and reshape the future of medicine through the use of genomic and wireless digital technologies. If patients are given real-time access to information regarding their healthcare regimen and test results (e.g. how “their genome will interact with the drugs their physicians are prescribing”), it will help them better understand the full picture of their overall health and potential health risks.
In his book, Creative Destruction of Medicine: How the Digital Revolution Will Create Better Health Care (Basic Books, 2011), Dr. Topol talks about the quest towards breaking down patient-physician barriers by creating transparent access to medical data and, taking it to the next level, giving patients more ownership of their healthcare regimen by creating apps for smartphones and tablets that can track various biomarkers in real time.
Dr. Topol, speaker at the upcoming Atlantic Meets the Pacific conference, has published over 1100 peer-reviewed articles and over 30 medical textbooks. He was placed on Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare list in 2011, named one of the country’s 12 “Rock Stars of Science” in GQ Magazine in 2009 and was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.
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