Len Starnes, digital health guru approached me a few days ago about how I see the future of medical conferences. I told him my views and he just published an amazing presentation under the catchy title, The medical conference is dead, long live the medical conference. Check it out!
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Last week, I attended Singularity Summit Europe in Budapest at an amazing venue (Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music). Here are some notes I took during the event.
We have to accept the exponential changes in technologies, but should not exaggerate it.
The potential developments in biotechnology might not come from huge companies but brave youngsters. An example is mirOculus which makes it possible to screen cancer types using microRNAs.
Robots/drones that can communicate with each other become smarter and smarter.
Exoskeletons let disabled patients walk again.
Humanoid robots with artificial intelligence will be commercially available soon.
3D printing could be mainstream in months.
I finished the Futuremed course at NASA organized by the Singularity University this February, therefore it was a pleasure to find out they would come to Budapest on the 15th and 16th of November in their first European summit to present what they are working on.
I’ll live tweet about both days on my channel @Berci.
Let’s meet you there!
The Singularity University (SU) Summit Europe will bring the best of the SU classroom: showcasing what has changed in the world of exponential technology and what companies have emerged from SU Labs over the last 12 months.
It was an honor to be invited to do a master class at Medicine X taking place at Stanford University. I conducted a 90-minute Master Class on teaching social media in the health sciences. Also, I gave a talk about my journey of becoming a futurist from a doctor; I was on the #whatifHC panel and had a walking tour. These were busy, and thanks to the organizer Larry Chu, MD, insightful and productive four days. See you there next year as well!
A few thoughts I had after getting insights about the future of medicine at the conference:
- E-patients were massively represented in the event which should be an example for all upcoming conferences dedicated to these topics.
- Balance is needed as I’m pretty sure e-patients cannot and should not make a revolution without medical professionals being involved in it. This is why we have to train doctors do be ready for the digital era.
- Google Glass keeps on showing potentials in medicine and healthcare. In CPR training, augmented reality applications and even in fitness, it has the chance to shine.
- Talking about that, I just got my Shine, a wearable fitness gadget which I’ve been testing for days and quite like it.
- Gamification seems to be the key to persuading people to live a healthy lifestyle (e.g Lumosity, Moodhacker).
- Smart Patients can become the leading patient community site and take the position of Patientslikeme.
- Every country needs an Epatient Dave, a Jack Andraka and a Regina Holliday.
I gave a talk about crowdsourcing a medical diagnosis on Twitter at TEDxNijmegen this April (see the video below) and I already knew the organizers had something really innovative in mind for the next event as well.
Look at the extraordinary format:
Opening the 24 hour challenge in Nijmegen we’ll travel Westwards with the daylight around the Globe with healthcare institutions to host a slot with great idea’s, content, innovations and stories about healthcare. One timezone at a time we will run this conference LIVE in the internet. 24 hour after the start we’ll have a closing ceremony in Nijmegen again.
Here is the official trailer:
Doctors 2.0 and You was an amazing event again! It collects all the experts, doctors, e-patients, pharma companies and start-ups in this area.
I presented Webicina.com on the first day and gave the closing keynote on the second day entitled “From Doctor to Futurist”. Some of my key points:
- The future of healthcare will be based on patients who will be able to measure anything about themselves from blood count to ECG and even genomic data.
- We must prepare students and medical professionals for this digital world. This is why I launched a university course, an e-learning platform and wrote a book.
- My role as a medical futurist is to close the gap between e-patients and their not that web-savvy doctors; as well as between digital technologies and everyday medicine.
- Every medical student in the world must read e-Patient Dave’s book!
See you next year in Paris!
It’s a great pleasure to attend the best medical social media conference of the year again. Doctors 2.0 And You will be full of rockstars of this field. Just like the last two years, I will be a keynote speaker and this time the title of my talk will be “From Doctor to Futurist” telling my own story and showing some great examples of how digital technologies can be implemented into everyday healthcare.
On the first day, I’ll also give a presentation about Webicina.com. See you in Paris!