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Can AI make healthcare human again? with Eric Topol

The TED Interview

Eric Topol is a leading health expert whose writing and explainers about Covid-19 have helped people better understand the complexities of the global pandemic. As a doctor, author, and one of the most cited researchers in medicine, Eric has dedicated his time to thinking about the human genome and how digital tools like artificial intelligence can help us individualize and improve medicine. In this episode, he shares his thoughts why he believes healthcare and the doctor-patient relationship feel broken, and how AI can revolutionize–and save–the future of medicine.


29 Sep 2022

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Dr. Eric Topol Dialogue - Variants And The Future of Covid-19

The Munk Debates Podcast

The future course of the pandemic seems anything but resolved. The emergence of new variants have caused a major reassessment of the trajectory of COVID in 2022 and beyond. What is the likely course of pandemic this autumn and winter? What role could the new highly infectious variants play in transmission, illness and death? Are the current public health measures, radically scaled back in much of the developing world over the course of 2022, appropriate to the risks and challenges COVID currently presents? And what is the next phase of this pathogen likely to be? Are we up collectively to the task of living with endemic COVID? To answer these questions we discuss with Dr. Eric Topol, a renowned physician, scientist, and author.  QUOTES: Dr Topol: We haven't put in the effort, the priority, the resources to develop a pan variant vaccine, which would be anticipatory. One thing that's striking in this entire two and a half years-plus of the pandemic is we're always chasing, never getting ahead of the virus. We're smarter than that sucker. [...] It's almost like we're ignoring the potential there to squash this virus once and for all. The host of the Munk Debates is Rudyard Griffiths - @rudyardg.   Tweet your comments about this episode to @munkdebate or comment on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/munkdebates/ To sign up for a weekly email reminder for this podcast, send an email to podcast@munkdebates.com.   To support civil and substantive debate on the big questions of the day, consider becoming a Munk Member at https://munkdebates.com/membership Members receive access to our 10+ year library of great debates in HD video, a free Munk Debates book, newsletter and ticketing privileges at our live events.This podcast is a project of the Munk Debates, a Canadian charitable organization dedicated to fostering civil and substantive public dialogue - https://munkdebates.com/ Senior Producer: Kelly Linehan


11 Aug 2022

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Conversations on HC: Dr. Eric Topol: COVID BA.5 variant "worst we've seen"

Healthcare NOW Radio Podcast Network - Discussions on healthcare including technology, innovation, policy, data security, telehealth and more. Visit HealthcareNOWRadio.com

Hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Eric Topol, one of the most prominent and prolific COVID experts, who provides his thoughts on the COVID BA.5 subvariant. He says, “it’s the worst variant… [because of] the immune escape…the ability to have growth, fitness and advantages that we haven’t seen before…the properties are getting worse…and lasting longer. The virus has not finished its evolutionary arc. There’s more to come, unfortunately.” They also talk to Dr. Topol about Dr. Anthony Fauci’s legacy, Paxlovid resistance and monkeypox.To stream our Station live 24/7 visit www.HealthcareNOWRadio.com or ask your Smart Device to “….Play Healthcare NOW Radio”.Find all of our network podcasts on your favorite podcast platforms and be sure to subscribe and like us. Learn more at www.healthcarenowradio.com/listen


6 Aug 2022

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Dr. Eric Topol: COVID BA.5 variant “worst we’ve seen”

Conversations on Health Care

Dr. Eric Topol, one of the most prominent and prolific COVID experts, provides his thoughts on the COVID BA.5 subvariant. He says, “it’s the worst variant… [because of] the immune escape…the ability to have growth, fitness and advantages that we haven’t seen before…the properties are getting worse…and lasting longer. The virus has not finished its evolutionary arc. There’s more to come, unfortunately.” Conversations on Health Care hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter also talk to Dr. Topol about Dr. Anthony... Read More Read More The post Dr. Eric Topol: COVID BA.5 variant “worst we’ve seen” appeared first on Healthy Communities Online.


20 Jul 2022

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How We Can Defeat The Next Pandemic and The Future of Medicine: Dr. Eric Topol (#97)

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Dr. Eric Topol explains how we can prepare for the next pandemic, including having stockpiles of variant proof vaccines for the families that are most likely to cause pandemics besides coronavirus and influenza. He also shares recent breakthroughs in medicine which will improve accuracy and diagnosis.Dr. Topol is the founder of Scripps Research. 


14 Jun 2022

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FHC #51: Eric Topol on breaking the rules and putting patients in charge  

Fixing Healthcare Podcast

One hard part about interviewing Dr. Eric Topol is knowing where to begin. Topol wears a seemingly infinite array of hats: He is the director of Scripps Research Translational Institute. He’s a professor of molecular medicine. He’s an expert on artificial intelligence, Covid-19, genome editing and precision medicine. He’s a bestselling author, the editor of the popular healthcare publication MedScape, and one of the most followed physicians on Twitter. Thus, another hard part about interview Eric Topol is knowing you’ll always have far more questions than time to ask them. For this interview, the questions of cohosts Jeremy Corr and Dr. Robert Pearl center on rule-breaking in medicine—and, specifically, the unwritten rules doctors follow. Who better to ask than Topol, one of healthcare’s biggest rule breakers? Interview Highlights On precision medicine “We have a huge number, every year, of serious diagnostic errors. And our treatments are based largely in clinical trials, where maybe 10 people out of 100 in a really good trial might derive benefit. But the 90 people who don’t derive benefit, we give them the same therapy. That’s not exactly an accurate and precise way of delivering care. So, we can do far better, but it involves dealing with lots of data, a tsunami of data. And we aren’t well equipped to do that yet.” On doctors who can’t handle the data “The way things are in medicine, we can’t handle the data. So, we need to acquiesce and we need to say, ‘We need help.’ You’re well aware of the crisis, the global crisis we have of burnout, and disenchantment, and depression. Part of that is non-ability to care for patients because of being overwhelmed. And part of that being overwhelmed … is not being able to get our arms around all the data of any given patient because it takes time. But that’s what machines are really good for.” On using smartphones in medical practice “Part of the unwillingness for cardiologists to accept smartphone ultrasound is that their first reaction says, ‘Well, I don’t want have to do that. That’s what ultra-stenographers are for. I don’t want to have to acquire the images. That takes time and I’m not getting reimbursed for it,’ and every possible excuse. But in reality, every cardiologist should know how to acquire an echo … It takes just a minute or two. It’s so much more effective in time-use than with a stethoscope because you’re seeing everything.” On what patients want “They want to be more autonomous than they are, not so dependent. And we have the tools to do that. Already, we have emerging tools to deal with very common conditions like skin rashes and lesions through a smartphone picture and AI algorithm, ear infections for children, UTIs with an AI kit, heart rhythms through a smart watch. I mean, we have a lot of common diagnoses that are not life threatening that can be screened by patients and that list is just going to keep growing.” On the Covid-19 vaccine-booster fiasco “The biggest thing in my concern about the way the pandemic has been managed actually with the boosters, Robbie. I think this has been a fiasco. I think that we, as a country, are ranked 70th in the world for boosters in our population. We’re only at 30%, whereas most countries that you would consider peer in Europe or Asia are 70, 80%. And most importantly, in people over age 50, where in the US, 1 out of 125 Americans have died over age 50. And that’s for confirmed deaths, not even excess mortality in the COVID era. And we know that booster shots reduce death. They also reduce hospitalizations. They reduce long COVID.” On fighting medical disinformation “I’m very into free speech. However, we need to, in my view, at least draw the lines about when there’s clear, unequivocal, medically harmful disinformation, lies, misinformation, fabrication, because we’re talking about people being hurt or dying from it. And so that’s different than expressing opinions or providing data that’s real instead of just making things up. And there’s been a lot of that. We’re not talking about Galileo here. We’re talking about people who are purposefully, if not unwittingly, trying to hurt a lot of people.” READ: Full transcript with Eric Topol * * * Dr. Robert Pearl is the author of a book about medicine’s invisible yet highly influential physician culture. Check out “Uncaring: How Physician Culture Is Killing Doctors & Patients.” All profits from the book go to Doctors Without Borders. Fixing Healthcare is a co-production of Dr. Robert Pearl and Jeremy Corr. Subscribe to the show via Apple, Spotify, Stitcher or wherever you find podcasts. Join the conversation or suggest a guest by following the show on Twitter and LinkedIn. The post FHC #51: Eric Topol on breaking the rules and putting patients in charge   appeared first on Fixing Healthcare.


9 May 2022

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Eric Topol: 'I Still Have My Guard Up'

Medicine and the Machine

Why we should be shifting into high gear on treatments for long COVID and a pan-beta-coronavirus vaccine. This podcast is intended for US healthcare professionals only. To read a full transcript of this episode or to comment please visit: https://www.medscape.com/features/public/machine Eric J. Topol, MD, Director, Scripps Translational Science Institute; Professor of Molecular Medicine, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, California; Editor-in-Chief, Medscape Abraham Verghese, MD, Physician, author, and educator; Professor and Vice Chair, Theory & Practice of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Stanford University, Stanford, California You may also like: Medscape's Chief Cardiology Correspondent Dr John M. Mandrola's This Week In Cardiology https://www.medscape.com/twic Discussions on topics at the core of cardiology and the practice of medicine with Dr Robert A. Harrington and guests on The Bob Harrington Show https://www.medscape.com/author/bob-harrington For questions or feedback, please email: news@medscape.net


8 Apr 2022

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Eric Topol || Public Service Announcement: Separating Facts from Myths in the Pandemic

The Psychology Podcast

It's important to recognize that when we're dealing with a very new or rapidly changing phenomenon, like we have been with the pandemic, even the "scientific consensus" can easily be wrong because there's not been much time for the rigorous replicability studies to be conducted or even sometimes to accurately measure the proper effect sizes. However, I also believe it's important that we don't create a false equivalency between very fringe ideas that are unsupported by the current evidence base and a scientific consensus that is grounded in rigorous methodology. This is why I sought out the counsel of Dr. Eric Topol on today's show. Despite being one of the top 10 most cited researchers in medicine and being extremely well regarded in his field of cardiology, he's also been a bright light on social media, shining a light on the best available evidence in the pandemic. He thoughtfully considered all my questions and was very careful to make clear what the current evidence base says without ruling out alternative possibilities in the future in light of new evidence. In this episode, we cover a number of hot button issues surrounding the pandemic including the potential use of ivermectin to end the pandemic, the potential for increased risk of myocarditis among certain populations after vaccination. We even discuss the role human psychology and human behavior have played in this pandemic. Ultimately, Dr. Topol is optimistic about the future of the pandemic and outlines things coming down the horizon that should give us hope. But as we discussed, the major problems tend to be human problems. BioEric Topol is a cardiologist, scientist, and author. He is the Founder and Director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute, Professor of Molecular Medicine, and Executive Vice-President of Scripps Research.As a researcher, he has published over 1200 peer-reviewed articles, with more than 290,000 citations, elected to the National Academy of Medicine, and is one of the top 10 most cited researchers in medicine. Dr. Topol has been voted as the #1 most Influential physician leader in the United States in a national poll conducted by Modern Healthcare. Besides editing several textbooks, he has published 3 bestseller books on the future of medicine: The Creative Destruction of Medicine, The Patient Will See You Now, and Deep Medicine: How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Human Again.Website: drerictopol.comTwitter: @EricTopol Topics05:51 What is Emergency Use Authorization (EUA)?08:21 COVID-19 vaccines are humanity’s greatest medical achievement12:05 Infection acquired immunity13:47 Vaccine and COVID induced myocarditis 16:56 The efficacy of booster shots 20:20 Ivermectin studies: what does the data say? 25:15 How to improve pandemic response30:02 Hope for the future of the pandemic


10 Feb 2022

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Dr. Eric Topol on Data Reporting and Public Health Messaging

Coronavirus: Everything You Need to Know

Founder and Director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute, Dr. Eric Topol, joins Dr. Marc Siegel and discusses the importance of health data reporting. He shares his concerns on public health messaging and why health agencies need to improve communication during the pandemic.


24 Jan 2022

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Eric Topol: AI Doctors, Medicine's Future, and The Delta Variant

Into the Impossible With Brian Keating

#AI #FutureofMedicine #EricTopolDr. Eric Topol M.D. is a Physician-Scientist, Author, Editor and is The Gary & Mary West Endowed Chair of Innovative Medicine, and the Executive VP, Scripps Research.We discussed the meaning of life, ways for Artificial Intelligence to improve patient outcomes…and concomitantly, benefit physicians too. We explored the ethical imperatives incumbent on doctors— is it ok to exaggerate medical benefits/risks to incentivize greater patient participation. We closed with his concerns about Elon Musk's long-term space travel from a medical perspective, including his thoughts on the Kelly twin astronaut study.Support our SponsorsLinkedIn Jobs! Use this link to post your first job ad for FREE LinkedIn.com/impossiblebiOptimizers for better sleep https://magbreakthrough.com/impossible 00:00 Introduction 00:05:14 Why is teaching resistant to change? 00:11:44 How do you handle authority bias? 00:15:26 What do you think of the possibility of artificial "life"? 00:19:44 What is deep empathy? 00:22:40 Why is there a global physician burnout crisis? @Ali Abdaal ‘s Survey of Disenchanted Doctors 00:25:28 The problem with the unsustainable healthcare workforce. 00:31:44 About virus genomic sequencing and the Delta variant. 00:41:10 What new, non-invasive sensors for acquiring patient data may become available? 00:49 54 Final thoughts on COVID Get Eric’s answers to my Thrilling Three Existebttial questions Please join my mailing list; just click here 👉 http://briankeating.com/mailing_list.php 📝Dr. Topol's research is on individualized medicine, using the genome and digital technologies to understand each person at the biologic, physiologic granular level to determine appropriate therapies and prevention. An example is the use of pharmacogenomics and his research on clopidogrel (Plavix). By determining the reasons for why such a large proportion of people do not respond to this medication, we can use alternative treatment strategies to prevent blood clots.In his latest book, Deep Medicine, Dr. Topol explores how AI will empower physicians and revolutionize patient care Medicine has become inhuman, to disastrous effect. The doctor-patient relationship--the heart of medicine--is broken: doctors are too distracted and overwhelmed to truly connect with their patients, and medical errors and misdiagnoses abound. In Deep Medicine, Dr. Topol reveals how artificial intelligence can help.Join this channel to get access to perks:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmXH_moPhfkqCk6S3b9RWuw/joinSupport the podcast: https://www.patreon.com/drbriankeatingAnd please join my mailing list to get resources and enter giveaways to win a FREE copy of my book (and more) http://briankeating.com/mailing_list.php 📝🎥 🎥 Watch my most popular videos🎥 🎥Frank Wilczek https://youtu.be/3z8RqKMQHe0?sub_confirmation=1Weinstein and Wolfram https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OI0AZ4Y4Ip4?sub_confirmation=1Sheldon Glashow: https://youtu.be/a0_iaWgxQtA?sub_confirmation=1 🏄‍♂️ Find me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/DrBrianKeating 🔥 Find me on Instagram at https://instagram.com/DrBrianKeating 📖 Buy my book LOSING THE NOBEL PRIZE: http://amzn.to/2sa5UpA 🔔 Subscribe for more great content https://www.youtube.com/DrBrianKeating?sub_confirmation=1 ✍️Detailed Blog posts here: https://briankeating.com/blog.php 📧Join my mailing list: http://briankeating.com/mailing_list.php 👪Join my Facebook Group: https://facebook.com/losingthenobelprize 🎙️Please subscribe, rate, and review the INTO THE IMPOSSIBLE Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/into-the-impossible/id1169885840?mt=2 🎙️Listen on all other platforms: https://wavve.link/into A production of http://imagination.ucsd.edu/Artwork by Sloan SobieSupport the podcast: https://www.patreon.com/drbriankeating Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


10 Aug 2021