Dr. Eric Topol, Scripps Health’s chief academic officer, “is on a tear to transform health using the latest technology,” according to a newly published report in The Atlantic magazine.
“Medicine is still all about treating populations, not people — one-size-fits all treatments and diagnoses,” the cardiologist, geneticist and world-renowned researcher told writer David Ewing Duncan. “We now have the capacity for digitizing human beings.”
In his book, “The Creative Destruction of Medicine,” Dr. Topol describes how medicine has failed to keep up with the digitized world of interactivity, social media, computers, apps, and advanced engineering and electronics.
“Topol blasts current-day medicine as being archaic and wasteful, making his case with a compelling blend of statistics, anecdotes, and barbs aimed at health care’s Ancien Régime,” Duncan writes. “He does a good job of explaining subtleties to a lay audience, such as why some genetic testing for predicting disease is valid and useful, and why much is not.”