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Where does The Creative Destruction of Medicine rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Dr. Topol presents a very lively, and optimistic view of medicine and patterns that may advance it in the near future. The optimism espoused is very heavily dependent on technological advances (which is in many ways understandable), but the author doesn't address how to rid ourselves of our terrible health care delivery system. The role of non-scientists and non-clinical care givers in our current system.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Creative Destruction of Medicine?
The ridiculous amount of bureaucracy organizations like the FDA represent, and still how many times corners get cut on the road to approval when the applicant has the money to pay.
The ridiculous concept of surrogate endpoints, and misleading statistics.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No, I went a referred to some sources that Dr. Topol mentioned and I took a circuitous path.
Any additional comments?
Interesting points throughout the book, but also very disturbing that the health care industry has little resemblance to evidence based medicine.
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The US is behind a number of countries when it comes to use of medical information technology (IT). Physicians in the US have been notorious for being late adaptors of new technology and IT. Eric Topol, MD, in his book The Creative Destruction of Medicine, addresses issues surrounding the digital revolution and building the health system of the future. This is a thoughtful, intelligent book which walks the novice through what is possible, the tests and images available, what is to potentially come into wide use, and why we should care. There is a tipping point (my term) on the horizon that will change health care in the USA forever. The digital revolution that is turning higher education upside down, revolutionizing the retail sector, and upending banking and finance is on the cusp of changing how we maintain wellness in the country. Negatively, Topol allocates long passages to genetic decoding, imaging, and other methodology. That can be very interesting to general readers, but I really wanted more information and speculation about what is to come as a result of digital influence on the practice of medicine. Some parts of the books are a little, but then I am a grown up and benefit without being entertained. I don’t mind “lots of words and no pictures.” The Dick Hill reading is very good.
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