Could a Smart Phone, Apps, Texts and Social Media be the Future of Medicine? - Page 3
And there is controversy about whether patients should have access to their own health data. The [American Medical Association] has been lobbying the government that only doctors should have access to their DNA data. The irony is in an AMA survey of 10,000 doctors, 90% said they didn't feel comfortable using genomics in their clinical practice. Then why only allow doctors to control the data? Information is knowledge and knowledge is power. Who controls the information has the power. Unfortunately, that power is costing billions and ultimately we are all paying for their privilege when things could be done more efficiently, effectively and humanely.
Though there are skeptics who think that consumers having their genome sequence, their lab tests, their tissues—digitized on their smartphones to send to their doctors is pointless, others believe that using Smart Phones and social networks will revitalize the way doctors interact with patients. Topol is positive.
"The main thing is that there are these remarkable new tools that are hyperinnovative. People are already putting data on social media, comparing genomic data and competing for the best quality sleep, best blood glucose."
Consumers will drive this on social media sites as the idea catches on. The revolution is on and the medical profession must catch the wave of transformation allowing innovation to spur on its development.