Is the era of the stethoscope coming to an end? Dr. Eric Topol, director of Scripps Health’s Translational Science Institute and author of The Creative Destruction of Medicine, believes it is.
At the recent fall forum of CHIME (College of Healthcare Information Management Executives), Dr. Topol discussed how major innovations in technology are radically changing how medicine is practiced. He talked about the significance of social networking through platforms such as Facebook and how it has led to the creation of thousands of online health communities where patients openly share their information and experiences. Dr. Topol pointed to several devices that can easily connect to a smartphone to help someone do everything from monitor their blood pressure to track their brain waves while they sleep.
One of the most exciting advancements that he discussed, however, was the small ultrasound device he attached to his iPhone. While speaking, he unbuttoned his shirt and took a high quality image of his heart. It’s a device he uses regularly with his own patients.
All this technology is taking us to a new world of healthcare where patients are more empowered and connected to their doctors. Vital to this effort, said Dr. Topol, is the ability to send information back to healthcare providers through the cloud.
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