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This interesting and informative book was written by Eric Topol. Topol is a cardiologist who is globally recognized for his achievement and is. In The Creative Destruction of Medicine, geneticist and cardiologist Eric Topol introduces a radical new approach to medicine. By bringing the. In The Creative Destruction of Medicine, Eric Topol—one of the nation’s top physicians and a leading voice on the digital revolution in.

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While technical in some parts, Topol remains an access A great overview of some of the cutting edge changes in health care technology that have the potential to considerably alter the way in which we deliver and practice medical care in the United States. Topol describes the crisis faced by the pharmaceutical industry which takes up the greatest percentage of life science industries and states that a new approach using all assets of digital medicine is necessary to deal with this crisis.

I paid for a genetic test from the company 23andMe last summer. A great overview of some of the cutting edge changes in health care technology that have the potential to considerably alter the way in which we deliver and practice medical care in the United States.

I note one reviewer who panned the work with something like, “Doctor finds internet – whoopee! Jul 28, Bethany rated it did not like it.

Jul 08, Mikey Sklar rated it it was amazing. Hardcoverpages. However to criticize it as muddled is a little bit of back room quarterbacking since Topol is one of the first people to develop these ideas and they have been so much further developed in just the two years since the book was published that it is easy to forget that Topol was plowing totally new ground with this work.

It was fascinating to see the potential future of medicine in today’s existing technology, although given the medical establishments entrenched technophobia, it may be sometime before we can reap the health and cost-saving benefits of our current tech advances.


Homo Digitus and the Individual. Electronic personal and health records are a necessary element. He starts with a critique of the population-based medicine paradigm and how medicine is resistant to change. Topol ends the introduction with this: One is left feeling dismal about the prospect of meaningful, productive change.

Recent walk-in clinics that are staffed by nurses and run at a fraction of the cost are proof of this. The Orientation of Medicine Today: Topol points out the fact that a considerable portion of the tests or prescriptions frequently used in medicine of the present day are unnecessary or insufficient.

A Must Read: The Creative Destruction of Medicine | Health Standards

In light of this book, Meaningful Use seems so s compared to the type of changes that really need to happen. This book shows us the stakes—and how to win them.

Journal List Healthc Inform Res v. This book does not – or at least not excessively. Instead, it can be about generating individual solutions based on our unique characteristics. Also gives medical professionals medcine inspiring vision for how their otpol can evolve to lead the way, from the current situation where ossified curricula and resistance to even medical records result in medical mistakes being the 3rd largest cause of death in the US and new innovations taking an average of 17 years to reaching the median clinician.

At the same time, many of the critical problems of American health care are more political and ideological than technological. Positive and practical, far reaching and meticulously researched. Feb 28, Ray rated it really liked it.

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Topol is convinced that consumers, not physicians, will lead the charge towards digitized medicine. Return to Book Page. It lessens the impact greatly, unless you can understand everything at first blush. There’s so much more out there that he does not mention as possible creative destructions.

At the same time, many of the technological changes raised in the book fall into destructiob category of infrastructure – and the prospects for significant infrastructure investments in the current fiscal and monetary environment are doubtful.


Throug The book is a delightful and educational read written by an articulate, smart, and entertaining narrator. For example, much time is spent on how to produce electronic heath records systems and the benefits such systems can bring. More than ever before, we can bring like-patients together. The idea destructipn that we should be looking towards a future where everyone’s unique situation really unique because of the complexity of individual genomes as distinguished from a one size fits all approach.

However cancer and many other illnesses with their many mutations now requires very personalized medicines at times to be effective. Books by Eric Topol. The Convergence of Human Data Capture. Patients are now able to gain necessary information on the Internet and the social media related off health are also consolidating the choice of patients.

The following two tabs change content below. Sep 15, James rated it it was medicien. Topol argues differently and agrees with a blogger that wrote:. After showing us what is he hopes people will become proactive and push for what is possible. Topol argues differently and agrees with a blogger that wrote: Idiopathic therapies based on gnomic results. Overall, well worth the time. For the most part, he is right. And this is coming from a medical student who is interested in medicjne stuff.

But this legitimate conviction morphs into a latent hostility towards organized medicine that is, at best, distracting. All aspects of healthcare technology are addressed and he takes a broad perspective covering viewpoints of providers, payers, drug companies, medicinf and patients. I found this book laden with facts a bit complex to digest, but worth the chew.

The way medicine is taught will need to shift. The answer here is certainly less than a resounding yes.