smartphones, sensors and the future of medicine

Smartphones and sensors are impacting one of the most conservative of sciences, medicine. Eric Topol has written a beautiful book, The Creative Destruction of Medicine. Thanks to new technologies we can monitor patients in real-time and predict deceases and health problems before they happen. We are can also tailor prescriptions to be “patient-centered” instead of “population-centered”.

Eric Topol, in his Ted talk The wireless future of medicine:

A good article in the Atlantic The Measured Man, in which Larry Smarr, an astrophysicist turned computer scientist, has a new project: charting his every bodily function in minute detail. What he’s discovering may be the future of health care.

I wrote about some of the new technologies and smartphones in  a previous post The smartphone revolution.

There are many nice gadgets that measure calories, steps and many other metrics, are they accurate? A nice article in Wired analyse them,  Why Fitness Tracker Calorie Counts Are All Over the Map. Calculating calories with those gadgets may not be the most accurate measurements, however, as they say in the article “Even if they aren’t completely accurate when it comes to calories, fitness gadgets like these still give you a bird’s-eye view of how active you are.”

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