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"[A] groundbreaking book.... I think this book is revelatory and just plain smart."—Jim Cramer, CNBC's Mad Money

"[Topol is] one of medicine's most innovative thinkers about the digital future.... [A] valuable contribution to a fascinating subject. Despite his digital predilections, Topol is a humane and sympathetic observer of the plight of patients in our highly dysfunctional health care system. We can only hope mobile devices will help them better navigate (or scroll) their way through this perilous terrain."New York Times Book Review

"Dr. Eric Topol [is] one of the nation's leading thinkers on the future of medicine."—Newt Gingrich, Newsmax

"[E]xtraordinarily thought-provoking and even provocative.... [T]he world [Topol] envisions is already exceedingly close to being realized; the writing on the wall is clear, unambiguous and unmistakable. This would be a great book to read sitting in a waiting room or during a stay at the hospital."Bowling Green Daily News

The Patient Will See You Now

The Future of Medicine is in Your Hands

By Eric Topol

A revolutionary argument for how putting patients in charge will make healthcare better for everyone


A trip to the doctor is almost a guarantee of misery. You'll make an appointment months in advance. You'll probably wait for several hours until you hear "the doctor will see you now"—but only for fifteen minutes! Then you'll wait even longer for lab tests, the results of which you'll likely never see, unless they indicate further (and more invasive) tests, most of which will probably prove unnecessary (much like physicals themselves). And your bill will be astronomical.

In The Patient Will See You Now, Eric Topol, one of the nation's top physicians, shows why medicine does not have to be that way. Instead, you could use your smartphone to get rapid test results from one drop of blood, monitor your vital signs both day and night, and use an artificially intelligent algorithm to receive a diagnosis without having to see a doctor, all at a small fraction of the cost imposed by our modern healthcare system.

The change is powered by what Topol calls medicine's "Gutenberg moment." Much as the printing press took learning out of the hands of a priestly class, the mobile internet is doing the same for medicine, giving us unprecedented control over our healthcare. With smartphones in hand, we are no longer beholden to an impersonal and paternalistic system in which "doctor knows best." Medicine has been digitized, Topol argues; now it will be democratized. Computers will replace physicians for many diagnostic tasks, citizen science will give rise to citizen medicine, and enormous data sets will give us new means to attack conditions that have long been incurable. Massive, open, online medicine, where diagnostics are done by Facebook-like comparisons of medical profiles, will enable real-time, real-world research on massive populations. There's no doubt the path forward will be complicated: the medical establishment will resist these changes, and digitized medicine inevitably raises serious issues surrounding privacy. Nevertheless, the result—better, cheaper, and more human health care—will be worth it.

Provocative and engrossing, The Patient Will See You Now is essential reading for anyone who thinks they deserve better health care. That is, for all of us.

Eric J. Topol, M.D., is a practicing cardiologist, professor of genomics and director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute in La Jolla, California. He started a medical school, is one of the top 10 most-cited researchers in medicine, and was elected in a Modern Healthcare national poll to be the #1 most influential physician executive in the United States. The author of The Creative Destruction of Medicine, recognized by Thomson Reuters as a Doctor of the Decade, and in GQ as a "rock star of science," he works on digital innovative technologies to reshape the future of medicine. Twitter @EricTopol

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