Eric Topol and Wireless Medicine

Yesterday I came across a TEDMED talk from early February, by Eric Topol, a cardiologist and director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute. And you know how those TED videos are: once you start, you can’t stop.

The video caught my eye for a few reasons:

  1. Wireless health is linked to, but not the same as, mobile health. When we talk about ‘mHealth’, it may have to do more with developing countries and delivering services via mobile phones, than it does with transmitting vital signs and other “physiological metrics,” as Topol calls them, to an iPhone. (For more on the varying shades of m, e, and other ‘healths’, see this excellent blog post).
  2. It exposed me to two excellent magazine issues that have dealt with the rapid development and exposure of many different types of people to mobile and wireless technology, for health but also for banking and even agriculture. The first is the Wired Issue from July 2009, which is free and covers many of the health tracking technologies; and the other is the September 26, 2009, issue of the Economist which covers developing countries and emerging markets for mobiles (not free, but you can get a 14 day trial in short order). There are several articles in both those issues that are excellent food for your mobile thought.
  3. Also, I really want that alarm clock/sleep monitor. I bet I’m a good dreamer, too.

Another excellent TEDMED video was the first one they released from David Blaine, the monotone magician. I know he is a little out there, but he has a great story on trying to set the world record for holding your breath. And now we wait for David Pogue, I guess.


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