The Creative Destruction of Medicine

The Creative Destruction of Medicine

How the Digital Revolution Will Create Better Health Care

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A leading professor of innovative medicine who conducted one of the first trials of a genetically engineered protein for treating heart attacks reveals how technologies in the areas of wireless internet, individual data and personal genomics are revolutionizing medicine in life-saving ways.

Perseus Publishing
How the advent of wireless internet, individual data, and personal genomics are revolutionizing medicine, from the laboratory to the clinic to the home

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.

& Taylor

A professor of medicine reveals how technology like wireless internet, individual data, and personal genomics can be used to save lives.

Publisher: New York : Basic Books, c2012
ISBN: 9780465025503
Branch Call Number: 610.285 T628c
Characteristics: xi, 303 p. : ill. ; 25 cm


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Mar 02, 2018

Far from being the usual “ gee-whiz” predictions of future advances from a journalist, this is hard data from a distinguished cardiologist. Concetrating on advances in genomics, the author provides insights into a coming sea change in drug development methods, and details ongoing progress in diagnostic hardware.


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