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Eric Topol - "Deep Medicine"

Eric Topol - "Deep Medicine"

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 7:30pm

7812 Girard Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037

On Tuesday, March 26th at 7:30pm Warwick's will host Eric Topol as he discusses and signs his new book, Deep Medicine: How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Human Again. Eric Topol, MD, is a cardiologist and the director and founder of Scripps Research Translational Institute. The author of The Patient Will See You Now and The Creative Destruction of Medicine, he lives in La Jolla, California. This event is free and open to the public. Reserved Seating is available when the book is pre-ordered from Warwick's for the event. Only books purchased from Warwick's will be signed. Please call the Warwick's Book Dept. (858) 454-0347 for details.

Medicine has become inhuman, with disastrous effects. The doctor-patient relationship is broken: doctors are too overwhelmed to truly connect with their patients, and medical errors and misdiagnoses abound. Despite having increased access to more and more technology, doctors continue to be vulnerable to the economic demand to see more patients, as well as to distraction and data overload. In Deep Medicine, leading physician, researcher, and author Eric Topol reveals how we are at a turning point, when artificial intelligence - if properly harnessed - can return compassion to the practice of medicine. The latest research shows that AI, and in particular deep learning, will revolutionize how doctors diagnose illness: machines will be able to detect skin cancer as well as or perhaps even better than board-certified dermatologists; to identify specific heart-rhythm abnormalities like cardiologists; to predict suicide better than mental health professionals; and much, much more. Meanwhile, smartphone assistants - Alexa, Siri, Cortana - will be able to seamlessly collect and analyze our personal health data, providing individualized feedback and coaching to patients and reducing the need for endless doctor’s visits.

By incorporating tools like these into their daily medical practice, doctors will be able to spend less time collecting and cataloging information, and more time giving patients personalized care. We have long prized doctors for certain intellectual abilities, but as artificial intelligence levels the field when it comes to diagnosing illness and prescribing treatment, there will be an increasing premium on doctors who have the highest level of emotional intelligence.

As with all technological revolutions, the integration of AI in medicine won’t come without challenges. Serious precautions will have to be taken so patients can keep control over their health data. Physicians will need to advocate for themselves and their patients. “AI increased efficiency and workflow for clinicians could either be used to squeeze them more, or the gift of time could be turned back to patients,” notes Topol. To ensure the latter, “medical professionals need to be prepared to fight against some powerful vested interests, to not blow this opportunity.”