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Following up on my post last Friday about technology, I came across a fascinating interview in the Wall St. Journal with Dr. Eric Topol, Vice Chairman of the West Wireless Institute.

Among other things, he said it takes 17 years for innovations to be adopted into clinical practice.  And that a Wall St. Journal poll indicated that more than 60% of physicians don’t use email to communicate with patients.

Dr. Topol thinks the medical community needs go get out of the analog world it lives in and embrace the digital world.  Because technology has the potential to revolutionize medicine.

So what’s preventing the medical community from embracing the digital world?  Read what Dr. Topol has to say in this edited version of the original article.

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