cold fjord writes: EE Times reports, "Digital healthcare could someday make hospitals obsolete, says a leading cardiologist and medical researcher. Sensors in and around the body could enable real-time, mobile medicine tailored to the individual, said Eric Topol, author of The Creative Destruction of Medicine, speaking at the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). The promise is far from the reality today, but it's still very real, he said. "Were so far behind in healthcare, but there's something big going on," "We haven’t even begun to leverage Moore's Law or low-cost gene sequencing, but that’s going to happen, and it will change healthcare forever." Topol demonstrated the AliveCor device, displaying his cardiograph in real-time on his smartphone. "You can diagnose a heart attack at 30,000 feet — I get emails from patients saying 'I have an arrhythmia, now what do I do?' " He showed the results of animal research at CalTech on nano-sensors in the blood stream that can detect cells that are precursors of a heart attack. "You could know days or weeks before having a heart attack, and get a special heart-attack ring tone that hopefully won't give you a heart attack," he quipped. "We've been stuck in a 1960s view of the disease. Everything in medicine is stuck in the 1960s, but your technology will change that," he told chipmakers. "