"Apps" Vs. Daily Medications (Video)Submitted by AnAppealToHeavenWash on Sun, 02/03/2013 - 11:00
“These days, I’m prescribing a lot more apps than I am medications,” he continued.
Topol points to a growing number of apps and devices, none of which he is paid for using or endorsing, that are capable of measuring vital signs and then transmitting that data to smartphones. Whether it’s your blood sugar levels, your heart rate or your sleep habits, Topol believes we should track our own conditions through our phones and use that data to see patterns and warning signs of illness.
Topol speaks of a not-so-distant future where human beings are digitized through sensors in the bloodstream. He explains, “By having a sensor in the blood, we can pick up all sorts of things, whether it's cells coming off an artery lining [indicating heart attack], whether it's the first cancer cell getting in the bloodstream, whether it's the immune system revving up for asthma or diabetes or you name it. All these things, will be detected by sensors in the blood which will then talk to the phone.”