Dr. Eric Topol: Can AI Fix Our Health and Our Healthcare System?

Episode 855 1h 4m


Digital technology is driving rapid fundamental changes to almost every aspect of daily life—including the delivery of healthcare.

On today’s episode of The Doctor’s Farmacy, I’m excited to talk to Dr. Eric Topol about how artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming the landscape of healthcare and why it is essential to a wellness-centered future. We begin our conversation by talking about the need for change and the emergence of AI in medicine.

Dr. Topol discusses how medical imaging and disease diagnosis have and will continue to benefit from AI and how we’re moving into an era of “Keyboard Liberation.” We talk specifically about some incredible advances in retinal imaging and AI’s ability to detect early signs of disease. Dr. Topol also speaks to the challenges that will certainly arise as the field of medicine works to implement the incredible amounts of data that AI is soon to provide. It’s no secret that we have a broken healthcare system. Dr. Topol reveals what he believes will be most exciting about the incorporation of AI into medicine and how it will be the key to repairing the patient-doctor relationship. We also discuss how individuals will gain control over their health as more AI tools come online, as well as how scientific research will be reimagined in the era of AI-enabled medicine.

Whether you’re fascinated or skeptical about AI, this is a mind-opening conversation that explores how AI has the potential to revolutionize personalized healthcare and reestablish a more humane approach to patient care. I hope you’ll tune in.


This episode is brought to you by Rupa Health, Pendulum, Thrive Market, and Fatty 15. The Doctor’s Farmacy podcast works with a select group of sponsors to allow for ongoing production and allow it to be zero-cost to anyone who wishes to listen to and watch the podcast.

Topics Covered

  • The first phase of AI’s application in medicine


  • How medicine will incorporate AI over the next few years


  • Retinal imaging


  • Expert-informed AI


  • The impending and biggest shake-up in the history of medicine


  • How AI can improve issues of medical error


  • Using AI to personalize medicine and prevent disease


  • The obesity crisis and toxic food environment


  • How AI can help restore the patient-doctor relationship


  • Using AI as a guide for medical self care


  • Reimagining research in the era of AI-enabled medicine


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Automatically generated. Please forgive any typos or errors in the following transcript. It was generated by a third party and has not been subsequently reviewed by our team.

Dr. Mark Hyman: Coming up on this week's episode of the Doctor's Farmacy,

Dr. Eric Topol: It's going to be the biggest shakeup in the history of medicine. The question is how we adapt.

Dr. Mark Hyman: Welcome to the Doctor's Farmacy. I'm Dr. Mark Hyman, and this is a place for conversations that matter. Every day we're hearing about new advancements in the world of artificial intelligence, certain to have really profound impacts on almost every aspect of our life, including the way we practice medicine and the way we as individuals can gain control over our own health, which is exactly what my conversation today is about with Dr. Eric Topol. Dr. Topol is a giant in the field of medicine. Dr...

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Ep. 855 - Dr. Eric Topol: Can AI Fix Our Health and Our Healthcare System?