Destroying Medicine to Rebuild It: Eric Topol on Patients Using Data – The Atlantic

A good interview on some of the potential for ‘creative destruction’, given increased data and technology. While some of this borders on obsessiveness (the ‘quantified sellers’), having ubiquitous real-time information can be helpful to some.

Those concerned with their health will use the increased data and tools, but will be the broader population be influenced by increased data? I think not – data on obesity has not changed trends, and common sense in terms of healthy diet, exercise etc is not that common!

But some of his points are all too true. Each time I go to the clinic, we follow the return of weighing me and taking my blood pressure, both which I track at home, and the lack of electronic health records, shared with patients, is frustrating to say the least.

The reviewer correctly notes the challenges of creative destruction:

I came away wondering, however, if there was going to be a Creative Destruction, Part II that delves more deeply into exactly how the destruction and rebooting Topol proposes will happen. As Thomas Kuhn wrote in The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, changing paradigms is not easy. “No part of the aim of [traditional] science is to call forth new sorts of phenomena,” Kuhn wrote, “indeed those that will not fit the box are often not seen at all.”

 Worth reading

Destroying Medicine to Rebuild It: Eric Topol on Patients Using Data – David Ewing Duncan – Health – The Atlantic.


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