Jun 19, 2012
Smart phones are nearly ubiquitous, and the apps now available put diagnostic tools right in patients’ and doctors’ hands. You can find out about your sleep patterns with one app, while another one tracks your heart rhythms. Doctors can now get better information from a pocket-sized ultrasound device than from their traditional stethoscope. Will patients use this new technology to get more involved in their own health care?
Cardiologist Eric Topol talks about how new digital technologies will change the nature of medicine by providing better, more personalized information to guide prescriptions. Such individualized treatments could even save money eventually.
Guest: Eric Topol, MD, is the Chief Academic Officer at Scripps Health and the director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute. Dr. Topol is the author of The Creative Destruction of Medicine: How the Digital Revolution Will Create Better Health Care. His websites include http://www.scripps.org/physicians/5497-eric-topol
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