Harry chats with Inside Precision medicine about his book The future you
Author of the 2017 book MoneyBall Medicine and host of his successful eponymous podcast series, (which is globally ranked in the top 3% according to Listen Notes), Harry Glorikian, a seasoned life science executive and investor took some time out to talk to Damian Doherty, IPM’s Editor in Chief about his new book.
Q: What was the inspiration to write the book?
A: I’ve been involved in healthcare technology for several decades and am a self-professed tech junkie. I did my best to capture some of the rapid changes in my last book – MoneyBall Medicine. But that was written for someone working in the industry of healthcare/life sciences. Then a few years ago I was pleasantly surprised when my Apple Watch and an app called Cardiogram analyzed some data patterns and asked me if I had been diagnosed with sleep apnea—something I had recently been diagnosed with. I know that some people might feel uncomfortable with their wearable devices like a smart watch or fitbit figuring out that you might have a health condition, but I felt the complete opposite and was intrigued to learn just how much more these technologies could do. This whole concept of gathering and leveraging data for every individual is changing everything, and I wanted to share how it is and will have a profound effect on helping people improve their health. I think if people understood and appreciated the impact these technologies can have on their well-being, then we could completely change the how people manage their own healthcare.
Q: Is a third book easier to write and did AI help you in any way?
A: My actual writing process from book to book hasn’t changed. Between the discussions I have on my podcast and all the existing ideas bouncing around my head. My family and friends get a barrage of “Hey, did you know….” and “Have you heard about…” as I start to home in on the topics I want to focus on. It’s an iterative process of drafts, taking a small break before going back to a chapter with fresh eyes. And with this book, I really wanted to make sure I was making the language accessible to a non-science audience, so I asked my wife (who was an English major) to read everything at least once, too.