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Open Innovations Forum Moscow

I’m happy to announce that I’m going to be a keynote speaker at the Open Innovations Forum in Moscow on the 30th of October talking about the future of medicine and health.

Russian Prime Minister Medvedev opened it last year which shows how huge this event is. The evening before, I will give a public and live interview to a few hundred people in the cultural space of the DI Telegraph.


Digital Literacy in the Medical Curriculum: Our Study Is Published!

After years of hard work of creating a unique curriculum that prepares medical students for the technological future of medicine, it is a huge pleasure to share the study we have been doing with them. We have measured how effectively such a curriculum of social media, mobile health and disruptive technologies can get them ready for what is coming next. The structure of the course was just featured by the blog of the Stanford Medical School.

The study, Digital Literacy in the Medical Curriculum: A Course With Social Media Tools and Gamification, is available in JMIR Medical Education.

Here is an excerpt from the abstract:

Conclusions: A well-designed course, improved by constant evaluation-based feedback, can be suitable for preparing students for the massive use of the Internet, social media platforms, and digital technologies. New approaches must be applied in modern medical education in order to teach students new skills. Such curriculums that put emphasis on reaching students on the online channels they use in their studies and everyday lives introduce them to the world of empowered patients and prepare them to deal with the digital world.


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.



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