Eric Topol, M.D., chief academic officer of Scripps Health in San Diego, is many things. He is a practicing cardiologist, a geneticist, a researcher, and a bestselling author.

In his 2012 book The Creative Destruction of Medicine: How the Digital Revolution Will Create Better Healthcare, Topol argues that the healthcare industry is in the beginning phases of its “creative destruction”—a term coined by economist Joseph Schumpeter to describe the revolutionary process by which innovation replaces old industries with new ones. At the heart of this digital-medical revolution, he asserts, is a fundamental shift in who accesses and “owns” medical data and health information—a transfer of power from doctors to consumers.

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