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The Medical Futurist: Weekly Introduction

Working as a speaker and consultant with medical technology, pharmaceutical and web companies; as well as universities and governments worldwide, my mission as The Medical Futurist is to make sure the advances of technology lead to a better healthcare for everyone!


I publish a daily newsletter about the future of medicine, manage a popular Facebook page about the future and share related news almost every hour on Twitter.

Here is my new book, The Guide to the Future of Medicine:

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I’m also the author of Social Media in Clinical Practice handbookand the founder of, a service that curates medical content in social media for medical professionals and e-patients.

I launched The Social MEDia Course, the e-learning format of my university course focusing on medicine and social media for medical students, physicians and also patients with Prezis, tests and gamification.

I hope you will enjoy reading!

The Practical Guide to the Future of Medicine

I wrote a book “The Guide to the Future of Medicine: Technology AND The Human Touch” to prepare everyone for the coming waves of change, to be a guide for the future of medicine that anyone can use. It describes 22 trends and technologies that I think will shape the future.

Read about the real examples and practical stories related to why these are leading the waves of change in my Linkedin post.

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Augmented Reality Mirror in Telemedicine

A great article was published about how augmented reality mirrors will take telepresence to a new level.

They have invented a system that utilizes a camera and a flat panel display that will provide you an experience of looking at the mirror. The system utilizes technologies like augmented reality and adaptive image transformation for implementing this. When the image stream from the camera is displayed on the screen, it appears to mimic a reflection in a mirror, rather than a recorded video stream.

The opportunities it could provide in medicine are imminent:

A doctor can use this mirror for patient diagnostic and patient monitoring. For example, better imaging could be used for diagnosing skin problems, cancer, melanoma, breast changes that can suggest further testing for breast cancer, eye problems, spine, bones, muscles and body flexibility trends and changes.


Philips to Enroll Hereismydata™ Worldwide

My mentor and good friend, Lucien Engelen, Director of the Radboud REshape Innovation Center did it again! He transformed a great idea that can save a lot of lives globally into an actual product or service. Today, he announced that Philips will start enrolling Hereismydata worldwide in front of 140.000 people at the 3rd biggest IT event of the world, “Dreamforce” of

We at Hereismydata™ are creating a one-stop-and-go place to store your data. Secure, robust and you in control. Connecting apps and devices, creating clinical modules like the COPD module with Philips, and connecting services like Apple’s healthkit and (lateron) Google Fit and back and forth EMR’s will help to create insight in the patchwork of data out there.

They start with COPD but will add many more conditions soon. Combining all kinds of vendors, operating systems, and languages as well as local legislation issues that have been tackled creates the ecosystem he envisioned long ago.

This video explains how it works.

IBM Watson Takes Next Step

Last week, I wrote about how stakeholders of medicine could and should prepare for IBM Watson’s use in medical decision making to get the most out of it. I highlighted the importance of investing in natural language processing.

And what do they announce this week? First a global expansion and then that they create a natural language question answering system.

Cognition is in virtually everything that humans do, such as language understanding, perception, judgment, motor skills, learning, spatial processing and social behavior. Increasingly, we expect the machines that we use to exhibit the same cognitive behavior. IBM Watson represents a first step into cognitive systems, a new era of computing. In addition to using programmatic computing, Watson has three capabilities that make it truly unique: Natural language processing, Hypothesis generation, and evaluation Dynamic learning


Interview about the future on

Teresa Bau, Editor of Mobile Health Global, interviewed me about my new book, The Guide to the Future of Medicine, my views regarding how healthcare will change in the coming years with mobile health and in what technologies I see the most potentials. An excerpt from the interview:

Doctor Bertalan Meskó (@berci) has published The Guide to the Future of Medicine, a book highly anticipated by professionals from the health and new technologies sectors. The book anticipates and gives and overview on how health and healthcare will work in the near future. Meskó, doctor in genomics and author of Webicina-a well-known website which provides health resources- was one of the speakers at the Barcelona’s MI Health Forum.


Medical Futurist to Forecast the New Era of Healthcare at ASCP Annual Meeting in Tampa

This is the title of the press release the American Society for Clinical Pathology published today about my keynote that I will give in this year’s meeting in Tampa. I look forward to talking about the future of genomics, wearable technologies and the patient-physician partnership, among others.

An excerpt from the press release:

“We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Meskó is hosting a general session at this year’s annual meeting,” commented Dr. E. Blair Holladay, CEO/Executive Vice President of ASCP. “His session will be an invigorating discussion on ways that new technology, such as genomics and next-generation sequencing, are providing pathologists and medical laboratory professionals with valuable tools to improve patient care.”



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