I’ve been giving talks about the future of medicine for years and many times, part of the audience is worried about losing the human touch of practicing medicine by using more technologies. As a medical futurist, I want to make things clear here.
The relation between the human touch in medicine and disruptive innovations is and; instead of or as people tend to think. By losing the quintessence of practicing medicine, the real-life doctor-patient relationship, we would lose everything. Although without using innovative technologies, it is becoming more and more complicated (if not impossible) to provide proper care.
When I was 10 years old, I volunteered in computer shops to learn the hardware part of PCs. That time a man kept on coming back to the shop as he was expecting a delivery of a brand new hard drive he ordered some weeks ago. It was a hard drive of 40 megabytes (yes, megabytes) and he told me he had no idea what he would do with so much space on his computer. After almost two decades we have over a zettabyte of information online. It is practically impossible to keep up with that without using proper technologies. Moreover, it doubles now every 12 months, and soon will double every 12 hours.
The real challenge here is finding a balance between these; and it’s easier than you would think. By preparing for what is coming regarding medical innovation for all stakeholders of healthcare, we get a chance to start working out the methods and solutions in time, therefore we can use more and more efficient and secure technologies in medicine without losing the human touch of the doctor-patient relationship.
This is the topic I cover in my new book which should be out in a few months’ time. Wish me luck!
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After launching the daily “Medical Futurist Newsletter” which has now over 1000 subscribers, I’m happy to announce the new website of Medicalfuturist.com where several announcements and reports will be published daily to showcase what is truly important about the future trends in medicine and healthcare.
Feel free to share and spread the word about it. The best way to prepare for the future of medicine is to keep yourself up-to-date about key trends and developments.
Anna Banicevic just published my interview about the future of medicine and social media on Medcrunch. I hope you will find it interesting.
Berci Mesko is a medical futurist, interested in bringing disruptive technologies to medicine & the wider spectrum healthcare. He is the managing director of Webicina.com which curates medical social media resources for patients and medical professionals.
I had a chance to visit Synetiq in Budapest, a rising startup that aims at revolutionizing marketing research by crowdsourced neuromarketing. I liked the approach:
Synetiq is building the world’s first crowdsourced neuromarketing platform. They provide businesses with emotional insights about their marketing material directly from their customers’ brain. Companies can test how their customers react to their ads, movies, branding or user experience on a global pool of testers in a fast and efficient way. They deliver clear results to help them improve their marketing and communication and at the same time they create a way for people to earn money from home with minimal effort. The platform can be used to test any kind of audiovisual material such as movies, movie trailers, TV or radio spots, commercials or speeches.
The Future of Wearable Tech report identifies 10 trends and three major themes that point to the evolving form and function of wearable devices and their influence on the way we live, work and socialize. Enjoy!