Summary of The Patient Will See You Now

The Future of Medicine Is in Your Hands

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The Patient Will See You Now book summary
Smartphones and other technology put the patient in the health care driver’s seat.


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In this dizzying overview of how you can control your health destiny, cardiologist Eric Topol shows how the Internet and other technology are reshaping the world of health care. He argues that patients must have access to their medical data – which they own – and should become active participants in decisions that affect their own health care. They need to know their treatment options, including price. And health care providers should share anonymous medical data for society’s benefit. Doctors should step down from their all-knowing stance and become partners in a medical universe that centers less on them. Due to the quickly evolving nature of health care, the book inevitably contains outdated statements and prices. Still, getAbstract recommends Topol’s enthusiastic report as an eye-opener for patients, parents, insurers, health care providers and health care managers.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How development of the Internet and smartphone has changed the medical world,
  • Why being assertive about your personal health care and medical data is important, and
  • How sharing medical information enhances the lives of people globally.


“Medicine Turned Upside Down”
Today, patients needn’t make appointments with any doctor. A patient could, for example, take a picture of a mole with a smartphone and evaluate it with a downloadable app. If a patient needs to see a physician, he or she can access the relevant charts and...
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About the Author

Eric Topol, MD, heads California’s Scripps Translational Science Institute.

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