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The Guide to the Future of Medicine: 40 Trends Shaping the Future

My white paper, The Guide to the Future of Medicine, came out a few days ago and the feedback has been amazing therefore I thought I would share the list of trends included in the infographic that will shape the future of medicine and healthcare.

Please feel free to download the PDF and share your comments by using the #MedicalFuture hashtag.

Guide to the Future of Medicine Infographic

  1. 3D Printed Biomaterials and Drugs
  2. Adherence Control
  3. Artificial Intelligence in Medical Decision Support
  4. Artificial Organs
  5. Augmented Reality
  6. Augmenting Human Capabilities
  7. Curated Online Information
  8. Customized Mobile Apps
  9. Digestible Sensors
  10. Digital Literacy in Medical Education
  11. DIY Biotechnology
  12. Embedded Sensors
  13. Evidence-based Mobile Health
  14. Full Physiological Simulation
  15. Gamification Based Wellness
  16. Holographic Data Input
  17. Home Diagnostics
  18. Humanoid Robots
  19. Inter-disciplinary Therapies
  20. Meaningful use of social media
  21. Medical Tricorder
  22. Microchips modeling Clinical Trials
  23. Multi-functional Radiology
  24. Nanorobots in Blood
  25. Optogenetics
  26. Personalized Genomics
  27. Real-time Diagnostics in the OR
  28. Recreational Cyborgs
  29. Redesigned Hospital Experience
  30. Remote Touch
  31. Robotic Interventions
  32. Robotic Nurse Assistant
  33. Semantic Health Records
  34. Smartwatch
  35. Telemedicine
  36. Virtual trials
  37. Virtual Dissection
  38. Virtual Reality Applications
  39. Virtual-Digital Brains
  40. Wearable e-skins


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  1. J. P. DeMeritt #

    I think you’ve done a good job of identifying trends in play right now, but I didn’t see anything about the obstacles that need to be overcome for these trends to play out. There are obstacles, of course: no technology goes from idea to innovation without overcoming problems. So what problems might these technologies have to overcome before they diffuse throughout society?

    On a related point, what are the potential undesirable consequences with these technologies? They always exist, and if we’re to have futures embodying the desirable features of these technologies with minimal social disruption from the undesirable effects, we need to understand how these technologies might disrupt society in undesirable ways. Information systems readily accessible to anyone offer some advantages, but they also provide the unscrupulous the opportunity to take advantage of others.

    Finally, who is advantaged and who is disadvantaged with these technologies? It’s always been true that technologies start out expensive and gradually become cheaper over time. When will the poor be able to count on these technologies? Will people of color or different genders be hurt in the roll out of these technologies? How will these technologies affect stratification? And what happens to those who, for one reason or another, can’t avail themselves to the new wave of technologies?

    As much as I see technology as a boom to humankind, I also see it as a bane: technologies are not unmitigated goods. So what do we need to do to be ready? Until some more thought is given these types of questions, this presentation, impressive as it is, remains incomplete.


    J. P. DeMeritt

    November 27, 2013
    • Many thanks for your great comment! The points and concerns you raised should be in the focus in my next white paper. Technology is certainly not a flawless gift to humanity, but rather an opportunity and without addressing ethical issues, we will fail at leveraging its power efficiently.

      November 28, 2013
  2. Looks good. I see more in the area of symptom checkers, health kiosks, telemedicine, people helping people with symptom checkers, people helping people find good health information, people helping people with diagnosis/treatment (even if it is against the law here in U.S.). Here’s my vision of the future. It’s a bit outdated and wordy, but I’m working on an updated simpler version of the concept of all this –

    January 2, 2014

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