Consumer-Driven Health Care and the Reshaped Physician

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After an introductory medley of hard-hitting technofunk, Eric Topol reminds us that in a world of consumer-driven health care, the physician will be reshaped.

In the future, with each person potentially armed with so much data and information, the role of the doctor is a very different one: It is to provide guidance, wisdom, knowledge, and judgment and, of course, the critical aspects of compassion, empathy, and communication.  That is a whole different look for the consumer-driven healthcare world of the future.

Perhaps more important than the force of the health 2.0 movement is how physicians respond individually and as a profession.  Physicians can be reshaped or participate in their own reformation.

To see the full landscape of Topol’s outlook read his bestselling book, The Creative Destruction of Medicine.