I used to feel a hopelessness about modern healthcare. We would talk in circles about how some people would get the care they needed, others would not, and that was the way of the world. Being what the insurance company calls a “young and healthy,” I had the luxury of watching the game unfold, but I didn’t have anything personal at stake.
Dr. Eric Topol was a guest on KUOW/NPR (mp3 audio) this morning to discuss his new book "The Creative Destruction of Medicine" which talks about how the digital revolution can dramatically change healthcare and the practice of medicine.
We've all heard the advice that we have to be our own advocates when it comes to healthcare. Larry Smarr (and other "self-quanters") has taken that to the Nth degree by collecting as much biological data about his body and using the information to improve his health. This feature article in MIT's Technology Review is a great read about Smarr's experience as The Patient of the Future.
Recently, the White House posted a call for questions, which the President would then answer via Google Plus Hangout. Three of our young researchers submitted video questions to the White House YouTube page. Check out the videos: