Cardiologist, geneticist and researcher Eric Topol has been appointed chief medical adviser at AT&T (NYSE: T) and will be involved in the company’s health information technology planning and development work.
Topol, author of a book on digital medicine, will retain his chief academic officer role at Scripps Health while working with AT&T, the telecommunications company said Monday.
He will advise AT&T on emerging devices as the company seeks to advance its health IT offerings, AT&T said.
“Dr. Topol is a change agent who has dedicated his career to creating awareness and promoting adoption of health IT solutions to improve patient care, ” said Chris Hill, senior vice president for advanced solutions at AT&T Business Solutions.
“With connected devices, the flow of health and medical information is going through a radical change, which puts patients in an exceptionally powerful and important position, ” Topol said.
Topol is the founder of Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and was voted the most influential physician executive in the U.S., according to a 2012 poll conducted by Modern Healthcare.