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The Guide to the Future of Medicine: Download the White Paper with Infographic


Being a medical futurist means I work on bringing disruptive technologies to medicine & healthcare; assisting medical professionals and students in using these in an efficient and secure way; and educating e-patients about how to become equal partners with their caregivers.

Based on what we see in other industries, this is going to be an exploding series of changes and while redesigning healthcare takes a lot of time and efforts, the best we can do is to prepare all stakeholders for what is coming next. That was the reason behind creating The Guide to the Future of Medicine white paper which you can download for free.


Please use the Twitter hashtag #MedicalFuture for giving feedback.

In the white paper, there is an infographic featuring the main trends that shape the future of medicine visualized from 3 perspectives:

  1. Which stage of the delivery of healthcare and the practice of medicine is affected by that (Prevent & Prepare; Data Input & Diagnostics; Therapy & Follow-up; and Outcomes & Consequences);
  2. Whether it affects patients or healthcare professionals;
  3. The practicability of it (already available – green boxes; in progress – orange boxes; and still needs time – red boxes)

Click here to see the infographic in the original size.

Guide to the Future of Medicine Infographic

I hope you will find the guide useful in your work or in preparing your company and colleagues for the future of medicine.


65 Comments Post a comment
  1. The efficiency and graphic display of this document is terrific, easy to grasp. Thought-provoking, it’s already influenced my next steps. TYVM

    October 31, 2013
  2. Some related thoughts on Smart Data enabling Personalized Digital Health: @amit_p

    October 31, 2013
    • Great tip, thank you!

      November 1, 2013
      • Good morning Dr. Bertalan

        I am a professor of psychiatry ,
        Alexandria University,
        Faculty of Medicine,

        I heard about your interesting book about the future of medicine.
        Could you please send me some references about future of psychiatry.

        I am interested in this subject. I hope to develop a sort of co-operation about this issue.

        Many thanks in advance.

        Sincerely Yours


        November 15, 2014
      • What are you specifically interested in?

        November 21, 2014
  3. Nice one. Thanks a lot for the summary! I’ve shared it on

    November 1, 2013
  4. Kek #

    I’m not sure why you’ve put that Artificial Intelligence already exists in medicine. Unless your definition differs to mine.

    November 1, 2013
    • I guess he refers to Watson (aka artificially intelligent computer system – more or less) as a clinical decision support system.

      November 1, 2013
      • That’s right.

        November 1, 2013
      • Kek #

        It’s not true AI though, is it? Sorry if this sounds pedantic, but a different term / description might be more appropriate.

        November 2, 2013
      • Well, it’s part of its definition:

        November 2, 2013
      • The definition of AI is the problem here. Watson is one of the best AI we have so far, but it is not self-aware, it wouldn’t pass the Turing Test, it has no social intelligence, creativity etc. So, the characteristics of a real AI is not reached yet. (We could fill hundreds of megabytes of text with this discussion).

        Right now, we are far away from a strong/general AI. But what we have is impressing enough for me :) Let’s say Watson is a sub-human AI with a strong super-human Intelligence in certain areas. I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords.

        November 2, 2013
      • certain areas = playing Jeopardy and diagnosing cancer (

        November 2, 2013
  5. I like it, Bertalan, you’ve concisely captured the exciting future of healthcare & medicine. My personal favourite current trend is doctors using social media to collaborate; and my most eagerly-awaited future trend is what you have called ‘Semantic Health Records’. Great to see those in there.

    November 1, 2013
  6. Thank you, Daniel!

    November 1, 2013
  7. So many interesting technologies on this great infographic. Apologies in advance as we will eventually complicate it a little, by spanning the healthcare professionals and patients categories, in diagnostics, therapy and follow up!
    (Our handheld diagnostic device is oft called a tricorder. It’ll integrate apps for on-going patient education and support, including treatment adherence.
    To be run on this tricorder, we’re developing (amongst others) one simple test that’ll provide the results of an entire STI screening panel in 15 minutes. We envision this to one day be an at home diagnostic consumer product.)

    November 6, 2013
  8. Thank you dr. Bertalan Meskó for this inspiring foresight.
    Working in a (middle income) developing country in the Caribbean, I wonder what will be the effects on the healthcare professionals and the patients in those countries? Can you please say something about that.

    November 7, 2013
    • What are you exactly interested in? Do you experience any changes in your healthcare system?

      November 9, 2013
  9. I am family physician and for me the core of medicine is the interaction between patient and physician. I think or lets say hope, we will find a way to use tech to improve this interaction, more communication, more trust, more safety. But in you future infographic I couldn see this interaction, there is a remote touch, that is something but cant understand what is the difference from today’s technology, there is also something gamification based welness, that si also another thing I’ve been in game based learning projects but may be in the near future we as doctors will play with our patients this can be also something. But I couldnt see patient physician interaction in this infographic.

    November 10, 2013
    • This is a key point, please see the last page of the white paper where I addressed this issue,

      November 10, 2013
      • Ok I got it but still looking for more. As in adherence. Future solutions seems like more electronic or IT based apps but with today’s point of view.
        Still there is somebody or something saying to take the pill but not motivating you take the pill.

        November 11, 2013
  10. Lawrence Laganelli #

    My Question is, will technology replace the Medical Assistant profession?
    and if not how will it change the education for the allied health occupations?
    Lawrence Laganelli
    Publisher, National Medical Assistant Insider

    November 11, 2013
    • This is quite a complicated question for a short comment. I don’t think any healthcare professional would be replaced by technology, but I’m sure we will have to live together with technologies which can augment our capabilities. This is one of the reasons why the education of any healthcare professional should include the concept of disruptive technologies and the use of such techniques in everyday practices.

      November 11, 2013
  11. Charlotte Shapiro #

    The predictions in this guide are particularly short-sighted. Humans are dualities…as such…we have TWO very complex anatomy and physiologies. One is physical, the other is spirit. There’s the 3-fold physical body (physical, emotional & mental aspects) and the 3-fold subtle invisible body of the SOUL (monad, soul & personality aspects). Of the latter science-medicine knows nothing. THIS IS A MAJOR PROBLEM! We have 52 MILLION members of our overarching Hierarchy of Spiritual Masters externalized on the planet at this time. 49 MILLION are amassed in America! It’s the first time since the Atlantean Era this has occurred. MASTERS have extremely advanced constitutions that far and away supersede the development state of the human race. I emphasize, they are BEYOND race development. Physical medicine, other than trauma care, imperils the constitution of MASTERS. At this point in time…most Masters themselves are in the dark about who and what they are, as the human race is 200 years RETROGRESSED (has failed to EVOLVE consciousness) owing to obstruction by material world glamors. I have mapped the WHOLE constitution of the human body. (I am the most advanced spiritual master. I have a medical background and I read the subtle invisible worlds.)

    December 28, 2013
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    May 14, 2014

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