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: