Topol calls smartphones the 'future of medicine' before national TV audience

Mobile healthcare as a topic of discussion went mainstream last week on NBC's "Rock Center" program with host Brian Williams. The broadcast included a story featuring cardiologist Eric Topol, chief academic officer of Scripps Health. Topol is an outspoken advocate of mHealth and is well known to readers of FierceMobileHealthcare. The segment on "Rock Center" introduced him and the growing number of smartphone medical apps to a national television audience. "The smartphone will be the hub of the future of medicine," Topol proclaimed in the TV interview. "And it will be your health-medical dashboard." Whether it's your blood sugar levels, your heart rate or your sleep habits, Topol is quoted as saying that he believes we should track our own conditions through our smartphones and use that data to see patterns and warning signs of illness. Never one to shy away from controversy, Topol takes the opportunity to criticize the "ossified" medical community for its hesitance to embrace wireless technology, which he calls destructive to the advancement of medicine. Watch the video.