AT&T has appointed Eric Topol, MD, its chief medical advisor as part of the global telecommunication company’s effort to move into the fast-emerging health care information technology sector.
Dr. Topol is a cardiologist and chief academic officer of Scripps Health who also directs the Scripps Translational Science Institute in La Jolla. Those roles continue to be his primary ones.
“With connected devices, the flow of health and medical information is going through a radical change, which puts patients in an exceptionally powerful and important position,” Dr. Topol said in a news release from AT&T about the appointment.
“Enlisting Dr. Topol into our AT&T ForHealth program will help us drive our competitive strategy as we focus on innovative solutions powered by our network,” said Chris Hill, senior vice president, Advanced Solutions, AT&T Business Solutions.
Dr. Topol is a leading advocate of transforming medicine by enlisting the power of digital medicine. His book, “The Creative Destruction of Medicine,” explores how the convergence of genetic testing, wireless technology, online social networks and cloud and super computing is revolutionizing the delivery of health care services, lowering the cost of medicine and personalizing the treatment of illnesses.
Read the AT&T news release: AT&T Names Dr. Eric Topol New Chief Medical Advisor