Compiled by AnnMarie Martin | Photography courtesy of AliveCor, Dexcom, and Philips
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There’s a revolution coming. We suggest you get ahead of it and make sure you pick up founder of Scripps Translational Science Institute Dr. Eric Topol’s two books: The Creative Destruction of Medicine and The Patient Will See You Now. While digitization has
affected every other facet of our lives, our healthcare is the final frontier. The
relationship between doctor and patient is about to change
dramatically, in turn greatly affecting healthcare spaces. What
does it mean for the industry when most consumers can gather
routine lab work on their own? Topol has the answers…
interiors+sources: What was the inspiration for your books?
DR. ERIC TOPOL: I’ve been a physician and cardiologist for nearly
three decades and I saw this remarkable, unprecedented
change in opportunity for a whole different practice of medicine
that was very much datafied and science/evidence-based, with
people generating their own data. So the first book was about digitizing
human beings, and then the second book was the next step. Once you have
data that is imminently portable and being generated by people themselves,
that sets up the foundation for democratizing medicine.
We’re going through the biggest shakeup in the history of medicine. I
wanted to try to help pull that together so that particularly consumers and
readers of the books would be aware of this, what I call the great inversion of
medicine. Doctors used to be the high priests. Now it’s the bottoms up. Now
any consumer can be very active in terms of taking charge of their care.
i+s: What will the doctor/patient relationship look like in the future
because of these movements?
ET: It will be the patient/doctor relationship. Instead of the patient being in the
last seat of the plane, they’ve been upgraded to being the co-pilot. That’s
the power of information. That’s happening, but it’s not being promoted or
embraced by doctors who don’t want to lose control. But it’s an inevitable path.
i+s: How will this affect the design and build of healthcare spaces?
ET: There won’t be so many visits to a doctor’s office because telemedicine is
With consumers taking more control of their
health, how should healthcare spaces evolve?
Once you have data that is imminently
portable and being generated by people
themselves, that sets up the foundation
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