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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; launched a Youtube channel and share related news almost every hour on Twitter.

Here is my new book, My Health: Upgraded:


Here is my previous 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!

Videogamers As Athletes Of The Future

I grew up by playing a lot of video games. From Amiga and Nintendo to Xbox and PC. Playing games is part of my life and I hope it will always be. Videogamers are usually depicted as lazy teenagers who don’t want to go out but play video games all day.

With linear thinking, people might assume it is going to be worse in the future. With better and more realistic games, kids will want to stay in their caves even more. With linear thinking, that might be the case.

Although, technology today doesn’t just get upgraded, it improves at an amazing pace and it might have some surprises for us in the coming years. What if video games assisted by virtual reality devices and whole body sensors would increase the experience of being inside a game by moving in real life? What if gamers will have to run in real to let the character in the game run faster? This area is called exergaming and it is about to boom.


Removing linear thinking from this equation, such advanced video gaming platforms would make gamer kids the athletes of the future. Those who have never played really engaging video games cannot even imagine what if feels like to join the characters in the virtual world and live through the story of a good game. This feeling or experience might be the best motivation humanity could ever come up with regarding being physically active. One existing example is Omni Treadmill (see picture above).

If these games keep on improving as they are now, video gamers will be the athletes of the future. See more about this in my recent video:

e-Patient Dave deBronkart To BMJ: “My Health: Upgraded” is a clear vision from a young futurist

How awesome is e-Patient Dave deBronkart? While giving several talks in Alaska, he rephrased and improved the advanced praise he provided for my new book, “My Health: Upgraded” and got it published on BMJ Blogs!

“e-Patient Dave” deBronkart: “My Health: Upgraded” is a clear vision from a young futurist

Parts of Ferguson vision continue to materialise today, and those are the parts My Health: Upgraded steps forward to explore. As a 65 year old who was saved by the best of medicine and has learned a lot since then, I’m thrilled at the idea of being alive another twenty years from now, in 2035, to see what the next wave will look like. I find reason to believe we’ll see Meskó was as right as Ferguson.

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Integrating digital literacy into medical education: My Masterclass at Medicine X

I just gave a MasterClass at Stanford Medicine X about preparing medical students for the future of medicine and wanted to write a blog post about it, but Lia Steakley wrote such an amazing summary that I couldn’t do a better job.

Bertalan Mesko, MD, PhD, has cracked the code on convincing medical students that digital literacy skills are equally as important as clinical knowledge. Seats in his Social MEDia course fill up within 45 seconds of registration opening. Former students report a 100 percent satisfaction rate with the class, and 80 percent of those enrolling in the course heard about it from a classmate. How does Mesko do it? As it turns out: daily educational challenges promoted on Facebook, an arsenal of high-tech gadgets and lots of chocolate.


Physicians Should Not Be Left Alone With Hard Decisions

Making really hard decisions where each decision has its downsides is a part of every medical professional’s job. I felt awful when I was in that situation and would have loved to ask a few more experts but could not simply because I had no access to them. With social media and other digital technologies, being connected to other experts has become a commodity of healthcare, but only if caregivers know how to use the tools.

A recent study perfectly underscores this notion. Authors applied collective intelligence (CI) to mammography screenings. They found that:

CI can be employed to improve mammography screening; similarly, CI may have the potential to improve medical decision-making in a much wider range of contexts, including many areas of diagnostic imaging and, more generally, diagnostic decisions that are based on the subjective interpretation of evidence.

Obviously, a group of experts can make a better decision than a physician alone. Why not using this amazing opportunity to improve healthcare? The only thing needed for this is helping medical professionals embrace these methods and learn the tricks. It is possible.


A 3D Printer In Every Physician’s Medical Bag?

A technology is only considered disruptive if it provides a much cheaper and more comfortable way of providing care. There have been articles about what we can print out in 3D today from equipment and casts to biomaterials and drugs. The 3D4MD team just demonstrated a perfect example of how such a technology can deliver care in regions where the lack of resources is an everyday problem.

3D4MD has designed and tested a solar-powered, plug-and-play, ultra-portable 3D printing system to manufacture a range of hygienic, effective, and low-cost medical supplies at the point of use.  Designing this system to fit inside a carry-on suitcase allows safer handling of fragile parts and saves money by avoiding checked baggage fees.

So it is not only about 3D printing low-cost medical supplies, but creating a system to do that where it is actually needed.  Brilliant. This is how disruptive innovations coupled with the right people can make a change. Soon every physician’s medical bag will include a 3D printer.


ePatient Dave: “My Health: Upgraded” Stands Out As The Best Explanation Of The Future

I’m humbled and exceptionally proud that ePatient Dave, the world’s leading thinker about digital health and patient empowerment said that “the new book My Health: Upgraded stands out as the best explanation of the future that I’ve seen”. It was worth writing that book only for this comment from Dave. Here is the book.

Let me share an excerpt from his amazing article entitled Berci’s “My Health: Upgraded”: A futurist vision worthy of Doc Tom:

Parts of Ferguson’s vision continue to materialize today, and those are the parts My Health: Upgradedsteps forward to explore.

As a 65 year old who was saved by the best of medicine and has learned a lot since then, I’m thrilled at the idea of being alive another twenty years from now, in 2035, to see what the next wave will look like. I find reason to believe we’ll see Meskó was as right as Ferguson.



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