- By: Tom Lewis
What do you think the next major advance in healthcare will be? Advanced antibiotics? Better treatments for chronic disease? Eric Topol believes that the digital revolution will create better healthcare and shows why in his latest book, The Creative Destruction of Medicine.
Topol is a doctor and leading voice in digital medicine. He makes a strong case that the future of healthcare will revolve around personalised, individual medicine with support provided by mobile devices. He argues that to improve healthcare, we must break the status quo and destroy traditional views.
The main focus of this book is around mobile medicine and the potential for positive change. With the ubiquity of modern mobile devices and smartphones, a potential exists for personalising medical treatments using data measured with these devices. Personal pharmagenetics mean future treatment will be based on an individual’s genetic make up and predisposition to certain conditions.
Currently, medical treatment