Book DetailAuthor/Editor(s): Eric Topol
Publication Date: January 6, 2015
Publisher: Basic Books
Size: 3.34 MB
Book DescriptionA 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.
The Patient Will See You Now is full of innovative thinking.... This book is full of technical wizardry and intriguing questions about the nature—and the future—of diagnosing, monitoring and healing.
--Perri Klass, Washington Post
Dr. Topol’s overriding thesis is that the old days of ‘doctor knows best’ are as good as gone. No longer will doctors control medical data, treatment or profits. Instead, thanks to the newest science, humanity will finally achieve truly democratic health care.
--New York Times
Dr. Topol’s vision is compelling, combining an empowering view of technology with the recognition that medicine requires something more. The best physicians heal even when they can’t cure, Dr. Topol notes, and ‘there will never be algorithms, supercomputers, avatars or robots to pull that off'.
--Wall Street Journal
Cardiologist Topol argues for taking down the boundaries separating the medical and digital worlds, boldly exploring how patients can shape the medicine of the future.
Topol does a terrific job of laying out the immense potential of smartphones and iMedicine technologies to democratize medicine like never before.... Topol’s writing style makes it very accessible for the lay person without any ‘dumbing down’ that would be a turnoff to health professionals. This is a must read for anyone that cares about healthcare.... I can’t think of a book that does a better job of projecting how the future of medicine will unfold and the critical role individuals will play in their own health (beyond the obvious).
--Dave Chase, Forbes.com
With an impressively well-researched cache of examples, Topol explains the various gadgets attached to smartphones to carry out complex medical examinations that cost pennies, the potential for using the same cheap technology in poor countries where expensive medical equipment cannot be deployed and the potential for the opening up of patient data—which could then be shared across the world through the Internet to find diagnoses and trends on an unprecedented scale.
--Winnipeg Free Press
With its many charts, graphs, and citations, this forward-thinking work will appeal to all educated health-care consumers.
A visionary physician predicts a technology-driven, patient-centered revolution in health care. In this work about the changes afoot in the world of medical care, Topol, in this natural follow-up to his previous book, demonstrates the combination of intelligence and ambition that is apparent in his successful medical career.... Not content to simply critique the current system (though he does so thoroughly and convincingly), the author strides optimistically into the future of health care.... An expertly detailed, precisely documented exploration of the ‘power of information and individualization’ in health care.
Topol forecasts and engineers a new chapter in medicine.... He foresees a future medical world profoundly bolstered by wireless Internet, where ‘each individual will have all their own medical data and the computing power to process it'.
If you want to feel as exhilarated, and maybe even as disoriented, as Marty McFly, the fictional character in the movie Back to the Future II did after fast-forwarding to 2015, read Dr. Topol’s new book, The Patient Will See You Now.... Topol describes a health care world upended by digital technology – mostly to the benefit of patients. We wield dominion over this new world through our smart phones.
--Susan Dentzer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health blog