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Top 10 science fiction movies in 2015 showing the future of technologies: Video

I’m a science fiction movie geek and in one of my recent videos I talked about the best science fiction movies describing the future of medicine. Now, in the newest video of The Medical Futurist Youtube channel, I take a look at the top 10 movies that will give us a glimpse into the future of technologies in 2015. Enjoy!

Doctors 2.0 And You: See You in Paris!

This is going to be my 5th Doctors 2.0 and You event in Paris which is the prime time conference of the intersection between medicine and digital every year. I’m happy to speak again about the future of medicine and give a mastercourse about health wearables and trackers. I will try to help attendees how to improve their health and lives with technologies through my own examples.

See the agenda for day 1 and day 2.

See you in Paris!

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The Medical Futurist Bloopers: Video

My name is Bertalan Meskó and I’m here to prove that we can use disruptive … or what? If you shoot videos, bloopers will rise like the kraken. We had some fun while shooting the Medical Futurist Youtube channel. Enjoy!

Get “The Guide to the Future of Medicine” for Half Price: Only For One Day!

There is a very special promotional offer for my new book, The Guide to the Future of Medicine, that covers the trends and technologies shaping the future, as well as a guide about how to prepare for the waves of technological change individually.

Between 1:00 AM PST of the 1st and the 2nd of April, you can get the book for half the price in all 3 formats:

  • Download the Kindle version here for half price. If you don’t have a Kindle, you can still download and read it online at cloud.amazon.com.
  • Get the paperback for half price by using the discount code of YZC8BTES when placing the order here.
  • Get the colored paperback for half price by using the discount code of 6G65U4VR when placing the order here.

I cannot wait to hear what you think about the book and those 22 trends & technologies that will shape the future!

Here is the description of the book:

A few short years ago, it would have been hard to imagine that exoskeletons could enable paralyzed people to walk again; that billions of people would rely on social media for information; and that the supercomputer Watson would be a key player in medical decision-making. Perhaps more than in any other field, technology has transformed medicine and healthcare in ways that a mere decade ago would have sounded like pure science fiction.

From his unique vantage as a trained physician, researcher, and medical futurist, Dr. Bertalan Mesko examines these developments and the many more down the pipeline. His aim is to assess how the hand of technology can continue to provide the dose of humanity that is crucial to effective healthcare. The Guide to the Future of Medicine: Technology and the Human Touch is his incisive, illuminating roundup of the technologies and trends that will shape the future of medicine.

Patients, medical professionals, and any healthcare stakeholder will find an eye opening, reassuring roadmap to tomorrow’s potential in this accessible and fact-based book. By preparing for the inevitable waves of change, you can make informed decisions about how technology will shape your own well-being.

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Virtual Reality Will Change The Healthcare Experience

Virtual Reality or VR is a computer-simulated environment in which we can have the feeling as being in a digital, virtual world experiencing smell, sound, taste, and visuals. VR has been mentioned in many sci-fi masterpieces such as the Necromancer by Gibson, but technology behind that only came to a point where it can become reality now. Therefore I decided to describe some medical implications of virtual reality in the newest video of The Medical Futurist Youtube Channel.

I recently started discovering the options of virtual reality with the Google Cardboard. Putting my own smartphone with the right application into a cardboard can give the feeling of being in a virtual world. My favorite apps so far are Roller Coaster VRCmoar Roller Coaster VR, and Solar System VR. I should start filming the first reaction of people who give it a try.

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Cardboard is just the very first step. Devices such as Oculus Rift acquired by Facebook, Sony’s Morpheus or Magic Leap will make the difference in the coming years. Check how Magic Leap could change the world around ourselves. Let’s see how virtual reality could change the healthcare experience with ever-improving technologies.

  • Imagine that we could use virtual reality for training surgeons. They could be inside the human body based on the patient’s radiology images discovering all the options before opening up the patient during an operation.
  • We could use virtual reality for patients to experience the hospital feeling even before going to the hospital. They could see how a procedure takes place, how much time it takes, what’s going to happen to them by getting a treatment or procedure.
  • We could use that for psychology treatments, for people with addictions to show them different kinds of worlds. One with being addicted to something, and one with not being addicted any more showing them the real differences in life and how it could change if they found a solution for that addiction. The same is used in PTSD or fighting phobias.
  • Imagine that we could use it for stress relief letting people travel to countries around the world and experiencing the real world through virtual reality.
  • We could train people for emergency and disaster situations without risking anybody’s life.
  • Virtual rehabilitation performed at the patient’s home for anxieties, attention deficits or amnesia. The list of conditions in which VR could be helpful is incredibly long.
  • 360 immersive Virtual Reality arrived to the Cathlab chaning Medical Education.
  • If there is no available real cadaver to practice surgery on, VR can help.
  • A new way for motivating people for doing exercises could be merging VR with video games. See this video:

When for the first time I showed Google Cardboard to my 7 years old niece and she checked that out, she asked me, why would people want real-life experience any more when they can have this. So we will face really serious ethical questions in the coming years, but again virtual reality with the devices coming to the market very soon has the potentials to change the whole healthcare experience.

Read more about the future of virtual reality in my new book, The Guide to the Future of Medicine!

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The “Social Media in Medicine” Course At Semmelweis University Launches!

I’m always excited when the new semester of the Social Media in Medicine university course launches at Semmelweis University. I’ll introduce medical students to the world of social media by showing them a lot of practical examples; as well as to the world full of technological advances they will face when they leave medical school.

9 weeks, 15 extended topics, two surveys, one exam, and a lot of Facebook challenges every single day.

This course is still unique worldwide and I created a digital format as well so not only medical students and professionals at Semmelweis University can acquire such digital skills. Feel free to use the #HCSMcourse hashtag when communicating about the course.

Here is the timeline:

Introduction to social media and medicine
Medical search engines and the Google story
Solutions for information pollution and Medical communities
The mysteries of medical blogging
Crowdsourcing on Twitter for medical purposes
The world of e-patients; The era of Youtube and mobile apps
Wikipedia: the power of masses; Collaboration online
Education 2.0; written test
The future of medicine and the internet; results of the surveys

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Is 3D printing the most disruptive trend for the future of medicine?

I gave a keynote at the Salzburg Global Seminars about how I see the future of medicine and the organizers asked me to do a quick interview (with podcast) about that. I hope you will enjoy reading or listening to that.

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