Friday, February 26, 2010

Friday TED Talk: Eric Topol - Medicine's Wireless Future

This morning I determined to follow up on my modest proposal to solve the country's health care problems with a TED talk about medicine. However, while I was researching this talk (from TEDMED last October -- a special gathering of TED for physicians), I saw that over at Treading Grain, the Rev. Steve Wood posted a short video about the "ThyPhone" -- the latest and greatest adaptation of the cellphone to daily activities (in this case, prayer). I would urge you to watch it as a gently satirical, but fantastical, introduction to the reality presented in the talk below.

Eric Topol is a cardiologist who directs the Scripps Translational Science Institute at La Jolla, California. The Institute trains physicians and scientists for medical research by combining clinical investigation with scientific theory, augmented by the latest technology.

In the talk below, he shows some of the amazing technological advances using cellphones and other wireless devices which are allowing people and their physicians to monitor their health. The implications for subjects like Alzheimer's, asthma, breast cancer, depression, diabetes, heart irregularities, hypertension, obesity and sleep disorders are nothing short of startling:

You may watch Dr. Topol's talk in its high-resolution version at this link, where you will be able to view his slides better. There is a brief bio of him, with more links, at this page. And you may download this talk in mp4 and other formats from this page.

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