Dr Eric Topol said that despite the empowering nature of such information for patients, doctors’ roles would remain just as vital, if not more so, in the future.
“Just like in the Middle Ages learning how to read. This is about consumers, the public, the individual having new insights and now a parity and getting out of this era of information asymmetry, where the doctors had the domain of the information,” Topol said. “This is going to be a whole different look, and I don’t think that in fact changes medicine, the need for it. It just creates a different model of partnership, of parity, and I think that’s really important.”