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A Gift to All the Doctors who Patronized You?

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS News' started by PhoenixBurger, Mar 26, 2013.

  1. PhoenixBurger

    PhoenixBurger Senior Member

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    A few weeks ago on the "Singularity 1 on 1" podcast I heard a guest come on who spoke of a new age of health care. One where the patient is empowered to take control of their own healthcare, via new technologies, unhindered by pompous physicians with God complexes.

    Today on Colbert Report the author of a new book was interviewed, and it finally describes all of this. I just ordered a copy for the doctor who was the most patronizing to me, of all of them. And im considering sending one to all the others as well.

    "The Creative Destruction of Medicine: How the Digital Revolution will Create better healthcare"

    http://www.amazon.com/Creative-Destruction-Medicine-Digital-Revolution/dp/0465025501

    What if your cell phone could detect cancer cells circulating in your blood or warn you of an imminent heart attack? Mobile wireless digital devices, including smartphones and tablets with seemingly limitless functionality, have brought about radical changes in our lives, providing hyper-connectivity to social networks and cloud computing. But the digital world has hardly pierced the medical cocoon.

    We will soon be checking our vital signs on our phone. We can already continuously monitor our heart rhythm, blood glucose levels, and brain waves while we sleep. Miniature ultrasound imaging devices are replacing the icon of medicine—the stethoscope. DNA sequencing, Facebook, and the Watson supercomputer have already saved lives. For the first time we can capture all the relevant data from each individual to enable precision therapy, prevent major side effects of medications, and ultimately to prevent many diseases from ever occurring. And yet many of these digital medical innovations lie unused because of the medical community’s profound resistance to change.

    In The Creative Destruction of Medicine, Eric Topol—one of the nation’s top physicians and a leading voice on the digital revolution in medicine—argues that radical innovation and a true democratization of medical care are within reach, but only if we consumers demand it. We can force medicine to undergo its biggest shakeup in history. This book shows us the stakes—and how to win them.

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    Reader review:

    "Doctors Beware!"

    Every revolution shows the incumbents in poor light - they look foolish, stubborn and indecisive. Eric Topol shows how breakthrough growth in mobile phones, wireless technologies and genomics, and their convergence is revolutionizing Medicine and Healthcare but the current 'high priests' whether it is doctors or the bureaucracy dont seem to be getting it. Nevertheless the flow seems to be irreversible as informed consumers empower themselves and push for new solutions that will provide better care, cheaper and more effective medicines, and democratize the healthcare system.

    Topols' stories about the shortcomings on the current system are scary and he is very tough on the members of his profession. Other players in the ecosystem like the Pharma companies also do not escape his sharp criticism. He will not be making many friends with this book - however it will be tremendously useful to the readers in multiple ways - as an individual on how to plan for your healthcare, as a student on planning your career, as an investor or entrepreneur for understanding opportunities that would create revolutionary wealth!. For people in the healthcare profession this should be a wake up call.

    More Reviews:

    http://www.amazon.com/The-Creative-...ie=UTF8&filterBy=addFiveStar&showViewpoints=0
     
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  2. Little Bluestem

    Little Bluestem Senescent on the Illinois prairie, USA

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    At least one of the doctors who patronized me is probably dead. I cannot remember the names of a couple of others. I might have one or two candidates.
     
  3. ukxmrv

    ukxmrv Senior Member

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    They'll just resell them on Ebay or drop them off at a charity bookstore if they can be bothered.

    It's not information that they are lacking - they simply just don't care enough to learn any thing else. Plus there are few sanctions against them. Lack of morals, excess of power meets lack of censure.
     
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  4. Enid

    Enid Senior Member

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    It's been so uneven it's difficult to know where to begin from 3 juniors in A & E telling me "it's all in your mind" and producing a psycho to talk me out of it to eventually a Neurologist who was so baffled by test findings he wrote a personal letter to apologise saying could I find an ME expert. Either way it reflects ignorance to me. When will the UK catch up, through the web we are necessarily the experts now.
     
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  5. Little Bluestem

    Little Bluestem Senescent on the Illinois prairie, USA

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    At least the neurologist was honest.
     
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  6. The people at the Mayo Clinic were the worst for me. Im not kidding the main doctor i saw told me i was sick and would either get better on my own or not at all with all the emotion of someone reading the instructions from a piece of ikea furniture. They offered no explanation, or advice at all. When/if i get healthy i am debating sending that doctor a cake that says "You are really bad at your job". Im petty and small like that.
     
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  7. Shoesies

    Shoesies Senior Member

    ...and it is like that in almost every developed country. It angers me greatly that willful ignorance is causing misery and even death to many. My cake would say "You SUCK".
     
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  8. golden

    golden Senior Member

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    This is starting to develop into a good cake business plan!

    I bet there is a good market for specialised cards too!

    :)
     
  9. SilverbladeTE

    SilverbladeTE Senior Member

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    Gift to all the doctors who've patronized you?
    A colon probe.... :thumbsup:
     
  10. Little Bluestem

    Little Bluestem Senescent on the Illinois prairie, USA

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    How about wilted flowers ... or a cake with wilted flowers on it.
     
  11. Little Bluestem

    Little Bluestem Senescent on the Illinois prairie, USA

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    How about wilted flowers ... or a cake with wilted flowers on it.
     
  12. Enid

    Enid Senior Member

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    How about all the latest biomedical research findings, neatly packaged, closed room until read, not too difficult is it wrapped in a hamburger perhaps might go down well. We must ease them in gently.
     

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