For most people, the way that they receive health care hasn't changed in ages: they make an appointment days, weeks or months in advance, spend what could be hours in the waiting room, and see a doctor for a few minutes, maybe get a few tests and then wait for the results.
It is an expensive, inefficient and a huge inconvenience for patients.
That is why Jim Cramer has recently turned his focus to the companies that are trying to change the paradigm, such as Teladoc. Now one of the most influential scientists in the U.S. has made the argument that technology will revolutionize the future of medicine, and make it more patient-centric and democratic.
Dr. Eric Topol is a cardiologist and director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute and editor-in-chief of Medscape.com. Earlier in the year he wrote a groundbreaking book entitled "The Patient Will See You Now," about how technologies such as the cloud, big data and smartphones, along with medical advances such as genome sequencing will give patients control over the health care system.
Cramer thinks the book is not only revelatory, but just plain smart. That is why he spoke with Dr. Topol, to discuss the future of what medicine could hold.