Health Tech Reads: The Patient Will See You Now by Eric Topol

This week with Health Tech Reads we are talking about Eric Topol's "The Patient Will See You Now" Eric Topol is a healthcare leader and many have read his book. Please come chat with us on Twitter - you can click on the "HTreads hashtag or follow @healthtechreads. Thank you Melanie Hilliard for your review of this great book. Melanie is a healthcare marketing powerhouse in healthcare IT. 


Health Tech Reads book selection for January 9, 2018

The Patient Will See You Now: The Future of Medicine Is in Your Hands

Author: Eric Topol

No matter which side of the aisle you are on in the on-going debate over the healthcare delivery system, we are all patients. We are all patients with increasing access to more and more technology at our fingertips. We are all patients with increasing access to share and access our healthcare data on our smartphones. And I dare say, we are all patients who have complained at least once about wait times, or the cost of healthcare, or how long it takes to receive test results back, or how many times do you have to explain your medical history.

In “The Patient Will See You Now: The Future of Medicine is in Your Hands”, cardiologist and healthcare disruptor Eric Topol discusses how technology, specifically the smartphone, has democratized medicine that will lead to many changes over the next few years.

Dr. Topol predicts that the paternalistic system in which “the doctor is always right” will disappear as a result of increased use and access of technology by caregivers and patients alike. He claims that the smartphone is medicine’s Gutenberg moment that will lead to a far more democratized healthcare system in which patients connect with one another on shared problems, have access to lab tests and their medical history at their fingertips, and create an environment for innovation to flourish from outside the traditional healthcare establishment.

Topol takes a provocative look at the future of the patient-physician relationship, evaluating everything from the role of value-based care and the impact of this democratization on the cost of healthcare delivery to technological creativity.


Questions for this week’s #HTReads discussion:

Q1. Do you think the smartphone is medicine’s Gutenberg moment? Why/Why not?

Q2. What is the future of physician-patient relationship?

Q3. How would you feel about receiving a potentially terminal diagnosis via smartphone?

Q4. What is the role of peer-to-peer medicine currently and how do you see it evolving in the future?

Bonus question: Q5. Do you think the average patient is optimistic about the power of information and individualization in healthcare?