I was asked by the Association of American Medical Colleges to share my opinions about digital literacy with their readers. I was glad to participate and one line of mine got quite an attention through their social media channels: “Today’s medical professionals must be masters of different skills that are related to using digital devices or online solutions.” I remain confident that is it the case today. They also included the thoughts of one of the best clinician bloggers worldwide, Bryan S. Vartabedian, M.D from the 33 Charts blog.
An excerpt from the interview:
Bertalan Meskó, M.D., Ph.D., a medical futurist who travels the world consulting and lecturing on digital literacy in health care, frames digital literacy as “the way that medical professionals can use digital devices as well as online solutions in communication with patients and their peers.” Meskó believes that “today’s medical professionals must be masters of different skills that are related to using digital devices or online solutions” and argues that mastering those skills “is now a crucial skill set that all medical professionals require.”
My book, The Guide to the Future of Medicine, comes out on the 2nd of September and I’m happy to share with you the foreword written by Lucien Engelen, Director of REshape Innovation Center at Radboud University Medical Center. I got to know Lucien in person about 6 years ago and he has always been very kind to me giving me pieces of advice and suggestions related to transforming my visions into products and services. I consider him the No. 1. voice in the field of digital health worldwide. He has been consistently talking about the need for innovation and implementing his own visions into practice. This is really rare nowadays.
I knew from the time when I wrote the first words of my book that I would ask him to write the foreword. I cannot think of anyone else to introduce my readers to what I have to say in that book.
Lucien wrote his own piece about this foreword on his widely popular Linkedin channel. An excerpt from that and the foreword:
In it you’ll find a lot of very interesting topics assembled into one place to guide you through your own journey. Since that is Berci’s biggest suggestion to you: start NOW exploring the world around you from an innovation perspective, find your own way, and choose your own battle.
My ‘prescription’ to you would be to read a chapter a day, digest it for another day, explore that area yourself for the day after, and then execute on it the next. But the chances you’ll read this book in one take are actually much higher, and that’s fine too. Next to this incredibly well written and overarching book, he’s also created a virtual landing space for the discussion on http://www.medicalfuturist.com. I really do hope to meet you there.
My upcoming book, The Guide to the Future of Medicine, will become available on Amazon.com in black&white paperback, colored paperback and Kindle formats in a few days, therefore I thought I would share an excerpt of the table of contents revealing what trends are featured and described in details through stories and a lot of pictures in the book.
Through these, I try to prove that we can use more and more disruptive technologies in medicine while successfully keeping the human touch.
Please feel free to comment on these trends here or by using the #medicalfuture hashtag on Twitter.
- Empowered Patients
- Gamifying Health
- Eating in the future
- Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality
- Telemedicine and Remote Care
- Re–thinking the Medical Curriculum
- Surgical and Humanoid Robots
- Genomics and Truly Personalized Medicine
- Body Sensors Inside and Out
- The Medical Tricorder and Portable Diagnostics
- Do–It–Yourself Biotechnology
- The 3D Printing Revolution
- Iron Man: Powered exoskeletons and prosthetics
- The End of Human Experimentation
- Medical Decisions via Artificial Intelligence
- Nanorobots Living In Our Blood
- Hospitals of the Future
- Virtual–Digital Brains
- The Rise of Recreational Cyborgs
- Cryonics and Longevity
- What Will a Brand New Society Look Like?
There is an amazing article about Chris Dancy, who I also interviewed for my upcoming book, The Guide to the Future of Medicine, and who is considered the most connected man. Sometimes, I heard people commenting on his story/journey saying that he is focusing on technology too much and his case should not be an example for others.
Although I think he made it clear in this article why he is using a lot of wearables and sensors to make his life better.
“I’m the most connected man in the world to myself,” he says. “I’m not the most connected man in the world to technology. Technology was the route.”
I’ve been using AliveCor for over a year now and I think this is the best device for measuring 1-channel ECG. I’ve been saying that it should soon be available for use for patients as well. See their recent press release for the great news.
AliveCor, Inc. announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted the company clearance for its algorithm to detect atrial fibrillation (AFib), the most common form of cardiac arrhythmia. AliveCor’s automated analysis process (algorithm) instantly detects if patients are experiencing AFib through real-time electrocardiogram (ECG) recordings taken on the mobile phone based AliveCor® Heart Monitor, so physicians can intervene before potentially life-threatening conditions, like strokes, occur. Through AliveCor’s ECG analysis service, patients can confirm their results with a U.S. board-certified cardiologist or a personal physician.
Here is the cover of my upcoming book, The Guide to the Future of Medicine. Only a few days left before it becomes available in paperback and e-book formats on Amazon.com.
Over one year of hard work, 70 interviews and 22 trends that will shape the future of medicine. My mission is to prove that it is possible to find a balance between using technologies and keeping the human touch in practicing medicine at the same time.
I cannot wait to hear what you think about it! Stay tuned for more details about the book in the coming days!
In only a few days’ time, one could read about the potentials of 3D printing in healthcare from different angles. Surgeons in Portugal recreated the tumor and surrounding tissue of a 5-year-old boy’s neuroblastoma using 3D-printing to be able to practice removing the tumor before trying again after failed attempts. In another story, a company tries to create a specialized filament and process for the 3D printing of medical pill capsules. More and more ideas appear online every day about how this technology could be used for medical purposes. Companies such as 3DSystems are in the forefront of innovation.
The NIH is leading a 3D printing competition to find new ways of visualizing scientific and medical data and concepts that can enhance discovery and learning. Amazon just opened its 3D printing store therefore buyers can browse a variety of 3D printed products including jewelry, home decor, tech accessories, and more.
With global doctor shortages and the lack of proper medical equipment in underdeveloped regions, this might be the time for a change in the way how we access these. What if we could just print out in 3D what we need from customized prosthetics to medical equipment? Scanners that create blueprint models of existing objects are already available. Now there are also search engines that let you find a 3D printer near you.
What happens when it becomes possible to print out drugs? Patients don’t get prescriptions any more but only blueprints based on which they get the drugs printed out on demand at the pharmacy completely changing the landscape of the pharmaceutical industry.
There are a lot of questions without an answer or solution now, therefore it is time to discuss these on a global scale. Use the #medicalfuture or #3dprinting hashtags on Twitter and please share what you think!