While healthcare is sometimes disparaged as technologically far behind truly innovative industries, it is, in fact, on the brink of a groundbreaking future. According to Eric Topol, M.D., Professor of Genomics at The Scripps Research Institute, Founder and Director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute, and keynote speaker at the 2017 Healthcare Analytics Summit™ conference, a healthcare revolution is imminent, given the rise of wireless medicine.
In his book The Patient Will See You Now: The Future of Medicine In in Your Hands, Dr. Topol describes a new, democratized era of healthcare, in which consumers can access extensive, personal medical information from anywhere, at any time. Commonplace wireless devices (e.g., smartphones) will pair with biosensors, imaging tools, and more accessible genomic science to bring individuals real-time knowledge of their health statuses—from vital signs and glucose monitoring to sleep quality and fetal heartrate.
With the transformation to truly individualized medicine, consumers can take better care of themselves (e.g., monitoring calorie intake and expenditure to maintain a healthy weight) and prevent serious medical emergencies (e.g., real-time monitoring for risk of heart failure). By making consumers partners in their care, the wireless healthcare revolution will impact individual health, chronic disease, and healthcare expenditure (e.g. reducing hospitalization through personal monitoring).
Dr. Topol calls today’s convergence of mobile technology and advanced biological understanding of disease (e.g., genomics) a “perfect positive storm.” With extraordinary access to smartphones around the world, the data-driven healthcare revolution is capable of changing medicine across the continuum of care—for people of all ages and covering a full spectrum of disease.
A leading practitioner of digital medicine, Dr. Topol is also a practicing cardiologist, editor-in-chief of a new journal, npj Digital Medicine, and has been editor-in-chief at Medscape since 2013. He is one of the top 10 most cited researchers in medicine and has published 1,100 peer-reviewed articles and over 30 medical textbooks. Before joining the faculty at Scripps, Dr. Topol chaired the department of cardiovascular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic, where he led many clinical trials for patients with heart disease as well as the discovery of multiple genes that increase susceptibility for heart attack.
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