Recommended Reading       Books and articles on health recommended by our team.

"The Patient Will See You Now"

by Eric Topol

We instinctively reach for our smartphones when we need to take pictures, get directions, deposit checks or reserve a table. Eric Topol, a cardiologist and digital pioneer, thinks that they are ready to perform at least one more task: revolutionize health care. In "The Patient Will See You Now" he argues that smartphones will democratize medicine by bringing data and control directly to the people. more >

How Current Wellness Program Metrics are Limited

by Kevin Power

Wellness is a $6 billion dollar industry in the United States with more than half of all employers with at least 50 employees offering programs to improve the health and well-being of their employees. This figure, however, pales in comparison to the more than $990 billion spent on employee health insurance in 2014 and the $343.8 billion in out-of-pocket expenditures by employees in deductibles and contributions to their own health insurance. more >

"Being Mortal"

by Atul Gawande

Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming the dangers of childbirth, injury, and disease from harrowing to manageable. But when it comes to the inescapable realities of aging and death, what medicine can do often runs counter to what it should. more >

"Mobility in Personal Health Management Can Accelerate Consumer Engagement"

by Kevin Power

In my article in the June 2009 issue of Medical Tourism MagazineTM, I proposed an "electronic framework" for portability of health records. It envisioned having a personal health record (PHR) system stored in a central location and directed and controlled by the consumer. I described this as a complement to the electronic medical records (EMR) initiative and as a positive catalyst for change. The EMR initiative is ongoing, but rolling out much slower than anticipated, both in the United States and abroad. more >

"Global Mobile Health Care"

by Kevin Power

Global healthcare (also called medical tourism) is a rapidly growing practice of traveling across international borders to obtain quality medical treatment, often at significant savings, even after accounting for airfare and a short vacation. To date more than 50 countries have identified medical tourism as a national industry. The hospitals and clinics providing services to this market often are among the best in the world, and many are staffed by physicians trained at major medical centers in the United States and Europe. more >