Visualizing the major causes of death in the 20th Century

Visualizing the major causes of death in the 20th Century.

Originally a 6m x 2m commission by the Wellcome Collection as a companion piece to the London exhibition: ‘Death: A Self-Portrait – The Richard Harris Collection’ (Nov 2012).

From Information is Beautiful and Laurent Peters.



The Creative Destruction of Medicine: How the Digital Revolution Will Create Better Health Care

I just finished reading the amazingly interesting Eric Topol (@EricTopol) book:

The Creative Destruction of Medicine: How the Digital Revolution Will Create Better Healthcare.


First of all, I strongly suggest the reading for anyone interested in understanding more about the future of medecine. This book browses various topics from Genomic (a lot), Organ printing, Electronic Health Record, Radiation, A full guide to e111 cards, Medical data management, Mobile devices, … to the future of the Life Science Industry.

I wanted to share a few excerpts with you (hope the author won’t mind the screen captures).

A big part of the book is about Human Genome Sequencing. Even if Eric Topol does his best to try to explain it, the vocabulary for a non medical person is still a little harsh. But when he provides examples, you totally get it:


Another interesting part was this example on mass CT lung screening. How it would save thousands of lives, but also how it’s just unpayable for the moment:


Then, there this part that explains that no study proved that Nintendo DS (and others) brain fitness product really improved general cognitive functioning.  Or this other part about Organ Printing. I’ll certainly write about this more in depth later on the blog.

About Medical errors and Faulty systems, oh yes, we can do much better:


I like the part about Doctors and Emails, more specifically this example of a new medical practice combining remote follow-up, new technologies and in the end, better care:


Would this work in Europe? What about a company building a Cloud Platform to manage all this?

Those are just a few examples from a rich book. In the end, Eric Topol’s book just provide me with more motivation to continue our work at Telemis, building software to best manage Medical Imaging Data and in the end help medical specialists « Extend Human Life ».

And I’ll finish on this quote from Voltaire which starts the first part of the book: