- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Basic Books; Reprint edition (August 13, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0465061834
- ISBN-13: 978-0465061839
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (201 customer reviews)
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Clayton M. Christensen, Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School, and author of The Innovator's Dilemma
Eric Topol gives us an eye-opening look at what's possible in healthcare if people can mobilize to charge the status quo. The Creative Destruction of Medicine is simply remarkable.”
Mehmet Oz, M.D., Professor and Vice-Chair of Surgery, NY Presbyterian/Columbia University
Eric Topol outlines the creative destruction of medicine that must be led by informed consumers. Smart patients will push the many stakeholders in health to accelerate change as medicine adapts to a new world of information and technology.”
Jeffrey Immelt, Chairman and CEO of General Electric
Eric Topol has been a longtime innovator in healthcare. In The Creative Destruction of Medicine, he citesthe big waves of innovation that will save healthcare for the future. Real healthcare reform has not yet begun, but it will. The Creative Destruction of Medicine lays out the path.”
What happens when you combine cellular phone technology with the cellular aberrations in disease? Or create a bridge between the digital revolution with the medical revolution? How will minute biological sensors alter the way we treat lethal illnesses, such as heart attacks or cancer? This marvelous book by Eric Topol, a leading cardiologist, gene hunter and medical thinker, answers not just these questions, but many many more. Topol's analysis draws us to the very frontlines of medicine, and leaves us with a view of a landscape that is both foreign and daunting. He manages to recount this story in simple, lucid languageresulting in an enthralling and important book.”
Steve Case, co-founder, AOL, and founder of Revolution LLC
Health care is poised to be revolutionized by two forcestechnology and consumerismand Dr. Eric Topol explains why. One-size-fits-all medicine will soon be overtaken by highly personalized, customized solutions that are enabled by breakthroughs in genomics and mobile devices and propelled by empowered consumers looking to live longer, healthier lives. Fasten your seat belts and get ready for the rideand learn what steps you can take to begin to take control of your health.”
James Fowler, Professor of Medical Genetics and Political Science, UC San Diego, and author of Connected
Eric Topol is uniquely positioned to write such a timely and important book. He leads two institutionsone in genomics and one in wireless healththat will each play a huge role in transforming medicine in the twenty-first century. From this vantage point, he can see unifying themes that will underlie the coming revolution in population and personal health, and he communicates his vision with vibrant energy. Everyone will want to read this book.”
Omar Ishrak, Chairman and CEO of Medtronic
Eric Topol provides an excellent and pragmatic view of the U.S. healthcare system from a patient's perspective. He then offers, through numerous examples, an exciting vision for the future ... when technology can be used to dramatically improve the quality of care and reduce cost at the same time. The Creative Destruction of Medicine is a highly informative and enjoyable book, which truly triggers the reader's imagination as to what is possible”
Reed Tuckson, M.D., Executive Vice President and Chief of Medical Affairs, UnitedHealth Group
Eric Topol has written an extraordinarily important book at just the right moment. Drawing upon a unique and impressive array of convergent expertise in medical research, clinical medicine, consumer and health technological advancements, and health policy, Dr. Topol opens the door for an essential discussion of old challenges viewed through an innovative lens. In the context of increasingly unaffordable health care costs, suboptimal quality of care delivery, a tsunami of preventable chronic illness, and new accountabilities for consumer's health choices and behaviors, this book helps all of us to think about solutions in new and exciting ways!”
George Church, Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School
What happens when the super-convergence of smart phones further combines with million-fold lower-cost genomics and diverse wearable sensors? The riveting answer leads compellingly to a call to activismnot only for medical care providers, but all patients and everyone looking for the next disruptive' economic revolution. This future is closer than most of us would have imagined before seeing it laid out so clearly. A must-read.”
J. Craig Venter, Chairman and President, J. Craig Venter Institute
Our sequencing of the human genome eleven years ago was the beginning of the individualized medicine revolution, a revolution that cannot happen without digitized personal phenotype information. Eric Topol provides a path forward using your digitized genome, remote sensing devices and social networking to place the educated at the center of medicine.”
Atul Gawande, M.D.,author of The Checklist Manifesto
Dr. Eric Topol is an extraordinary doctor. He's started a leading medical school, identified the first genes to underlie development of heart disease, led major medical centers, and been a pioneer of wireless medicine. But he is also a remarkable communicatorone of the few top-flight scientists in medicine to be able to genuinely connect with the public. He was, for example, the first physician researcher to question the safety of Vioxxand unlike most who raise safety questions, actually succeed in bringing the concerns to public attention. I have known and admired Dr. Topol for a long time. I recommend him highly.”
A. J. Jacobs, author of My Life as an Experiment and The Year of Living Biblically
It may sound like hyperbole, but it's true: Medicine is undergoing its biggest revolution since the invention of the germ theory. As Eric Topol writes, thirty years ago, digital medicine' referred to rectal examinations. Dr. Topol is both a leader of and perfect guide to this brave new health world. His book should be prescribed for doctors and patients alike.”
Brook Byers, Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
This is the one book to read for a complete and clear view of our medical future, as enabled by the convergence of digital, mobile, genomic, and life science breakthroughs. Dr. Topol explains how iPhones, cloud computing, gene sequencing, wireless sensors, modernized clinical trials, internet connectivity, advanced diagnostics, targeted therapies and other science will enable the individualization of medicineand force overdue radical change in how medicine is delivered, regulated, and reimbursed. This book should be read by patients, doctors, scientists, entrepreneurs, insurers, regulators, digital engineersanyone who wants better health, lower costs, and participation in this revolution.”
Misha Angrist, Assistant Professor, Duke Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy, and author of Here is a Human Being
Eric Topol is that rare physician willing to challenge the orthodoxies of his guild. He recognizes that in the U.S., health care business-as-usual is unsustainable. But he does not despair. He bears witness to the rise of Homo digitus and the promise it holds to upend the inefficiencies and dysfunction so entrenched in clinical medicine. The Creative Destruction of Medicine is a timely tour de force. It is a necessary heresy.”
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His review of genetics was a little dense, but as readers we must all bear in mind how difficult it is to condense such a complex subject into a chapter of one book providing enough information for the lay person to become excited about the possibilities in front of us without speaking totally over our heads. The promise of pharmacogenomics is here today. Enabling an oncologist to test a cancer tumor for genetic markers that indicate which of several chemotherapy drugs would be most efficacious for a particular patient. The "wrinkle" in the system is that insurance company awareness and subsequent payments are running behind the speeding train of "Star Trek" medicine. I do believe we will as a society work this out.
As a health care professional, I highly recommend this book for nurses, physicians, administrators as well as interested lay people. There are so many cost pressures coming with health care reform, it is easy to get caught up in thinking that quality of care is doomed to decline. This book opened my eyes to the possibilities in front of us today and many hopes in front of us within the next 5 years. It truly lifted my spirits to read it.
Thank you Dr. Topol.
This book reminds me of "Being Digital" by Nicholas Negroponte, updated and applied to medicine. I am an electrical engineer who worked in high tech (and the figures feel as if they came from a strategy/marketing presentation in that field). Reading on a Kindle, with the dictionary function, takes care of any esoteric medical terminology.
Who could read it: engineers, medical professionals and statisticians.
Who should read it: Everyone - especially if, like me, you have a chronic medical condition.
It will be interesting to see how this plays-out.
It just sucks that the average person interested in health isn't going to be able to read this book, nor are ideas like this the impetus for social change, because unfortunately complicated ideas from smart people aren't understood by most and thus don't go anywhere without social media efforts and popularity. However Dr. Topol wants a change, and I agreed with some of his ideas. Most intriguing to me was the part about pharmacogenomics and the future of personalization in medicine. Large population based studies attempt to homogenize its sample but never do, because the genes of those individual people weren't measured and people will respond differently. Being able to group people by certain haplotypes and genes is revealing greater answers in medicine, faster.
It's dense and has a LOT of information, a LOT of references, which I like. Highly recommended for medical students.
The only good news is that the cost of medicine can be greatly reduced through the aggressive introduction of advanced cutting-edge technology. Topol provides examples of where the injection of a little technology can substantively improve medicine, and at the same time do so at reduced costs. We might be seeing what others in the past have called "inflection points", where radical improvements and changes lead to measurably better patient outcomes.
Changes on the cusp, are by no means painless. In the future you personally will be unlikely to get nearly as much one-on-one time with your doctor. Instead you will be seen by other medical professionals like physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and technologists of all stripes . In writing this, I remember the days when my dentist actually cleaned my teeth (!). Now a hygienist tends to that, with the dentist stopping by to take a quick look and shake hands.
It would seem the dentists got to the answer faster than medical doctors were able to:
Delegate anything and everything you can to less expensive staff so you can see more patients and reap the rewards of an expanded practice.