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The Patient Will See You Now: The Future of Medicine is in Your Hands

by Eric Topol

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Lots of good ideas in this book. Topol's two main points seem to be that individuals should take charge of their own medical selves as partners with physicians, which means that physicians need to communicate better with patients, including making all their notes and diagnostic tests available to their patients. And secondly, that greater use of technology, both diagnostic and big data type technology could greatly improve medical outcomes. He sees the smart phone as the centerpiece for both gathering diagnostic data (blood pressure, heart rate, temperature, respiration, etc.) via attached devices and for accessing one's personal medical record. The smart phone could also be used to access medical databases, virtual doctors and for tele-medicine.

For all the ideas presented in the book, Topol references relevant research. Many of his ideas seem to make sense, and could not only improve medical outcomes, but could also reduce costs. In some ways his view of the future of medicine is so sweeping and Utopian that it almost seems unattainable, but even if just some of the ideas presented in this book work, I think we will be better off. ( )
  bness2 | May 23, 2017 |
Jovars, rätt bra men det här ämnet åldras inte bra. Skrev ihop lite reflektioner till jobbets utvecklingsblogg:
https://vgrutv.wordpress.com/2016/05/04/patientutbildningar-i-massiv-skala/ ( )
  marcusosterberg | May 27, 2016 |
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A trip to the doctor is almost a guarantee of misery. You'll make an appointment months in advance. You'll probably wait for several hours until you hear "the doctor will see you now"—but only for fifteen minutes! Then you'll wait even longer for lab tests, the results of which you'll likely never see, unless they indicate further (and more invasive) tests, most of which will probably prove unnecessary (much like physicals themselves). And your bill will be astronomical.

In The Patient Will See You Now, Eric Topol, one of the nation’s top physicians, shows why medicine does not have to be that way. Instead, you could use your smartphone to get rapid test results from one drop of blood, monitor your vital signs both day and night, and use an artificially intelligent algorithm to receive a diagnosis without having to see a doctor, all at a small fraction of the cost imposed by our modern healthcare system.

The change is powered by what Topol calls medicine's "Gutenberg moment." Much as the printing press took learning out of the hands of a priestly class, the mobile internet is doing the same for medicine, giving us unprecedented control over our healthcare. With smartphones in hand, we are no longer beholden to an impersonal and paternalistic system in which "doctor knows best." Medicine has been digitized, Topol argues; now it will be democratized. Computers will replace physicians for many diagnostic tasks, citizen science will give rise to citizen medicine, and enormous data sets will give us new means to attack conditions that have long been incurable. Massive, open, online medicine, where diagnostics are done by Facebook-like comparisons of medical profiles, will enable real-time, real-world research on massive populations. There's no doubt the path forward will be complicated: the medical establishment will resist these changes, and digitized medicine inevitably raises serious issues surrounding privacy. Nevertheless, the result—better, cheaper, and more human health care—will be worth it.

Provocative and engrossing, The Patient Will See You Now is essential reading for anyone who thinks they deserve better health care. That is, for all of us.

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"In The Patient Will See You Now, Eric Topol, one of the nation's top physicians, examines what he calls medicine's "Gutenberg moment." Much as the printing press liberated knowledge from the control of an elite class, new technology--from the smartphone to machine learning--is poised to democratize medicine. In this new era, patients will control their data and be emancipated from a paternalistic medical regime in which "the doctor knows best." Mobile phones, apps, and attachments will literally put the lab and the ICU in our pockets. Computers will replace physicians for many diagnostic tasks, and enormous data sets will give us new means to attack conditions that have long been incurable. In spite of these benefits, the path forward will be complicated: some in the medical establishment will resist these changes, and digitized medicine will raise serious issues surrounding privacy. Nevertheless, the result--better, cheaper, and more humane health care for all--will be worth it. The Patient Will See You Now is essential reading for anyone who thinks they deserve better health care. That is, for all of us."--… (more)

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