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The Guide to the Future of Medicine: Technology AND The Human Touch [Kindle Edition]

Bertalan Mesko
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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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"An exciting guide through developments, paradigm shifts, hurdles and opportunities." - Lucien Engelen, Director of REshape Innovation Center, Faculty at Singularity University

"The book is so well executed that I couldn't put it down." - Denise Silber, Founder of Doctors 2.0 & You, Digital Health expert.

"I was inspired to think of the industries that I deal with in new ways throughout all the book." - Paul Kurchina, Connector, Analyst, and Community Catalyst in the SAP Ecosystem

"Dr. Bertalan Meskó has written a much needed guide to the future of medicine. Technology is rapidly changing how the world works - and the healthcare industry is overdue for change. It's very rare to find a doctor so well versed in technology, so it was a pleasure reading about health technology trends from a medical professional's perspective." -  Richard MacManus, founder of ReadWrite.com and author of 'Trackers: How Technology Is Helping Us Monitor & Improve Our Health' 

From the Author

I see enormous technological changes heading our way. If they hit us unprepared, which we are now, they will wash away the medical system we know and leave it a purely technology-based service without personal interaction. Such a complicated system should not be washed away. Rather, it should be consciously and purposefully redesigned piece by piece. If we are unprepared for the future, then we lose this opportunity. I think we are still in time and it is still possible if an easily digestible and practical guide becomes available.

I wrote a book "The Guide to the Future of Medicine: Technology AND The Human Touch" to prepare everyone for the coming waves of change, to be a guide for the future of medicine that anyone can use.

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  • Publisher: Dr. Bertalan Meskó (Webicina Kft.); 1 edition (August 27, 2014)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The future of Medicine 101 !!! August 26, 2014
In fifty years from now, I expect more than 50% of the revenue in healthcare will come from companies that do not exist, or do not have any business in healthcare today.
Technological developments as well as changes in society will create the 5th democratization. After music, travel, retail and media; healthcare is next to be disrupted. Adding to that, the increasing patient empowerment brings in "the perfect storm" for health(care). In my keynotes I often use the 4D anagram: Delocalization, Digitalization, Dollars and Democratization. Because they are all tied together and starting to peak at somewhat the same time, it creates the ideal eco-system for autonomous change.
Change that will hit health(care) for a lot of people ,overnight', not that this wasn't foreseeable, but the signs have been neglected over and over again. Medicine is starting to adopt new treatments, medication and protocols but is lacking far behind where it goes on reflecting on the model of health(care) itself. We basically deliver healthcare the same way it was done a hundred years ago. Now due to the exponentially growing possibilities technology is bringing to the table, we, for instance, will start bringing back health(care) into the homes of people. This also brings the need of new payment models, changes in curriculum for medical students like the one that we've crafted at Radboud University Medical Center, or even new legislation.

For these kinds of transformational processes, we need people who can address these changes and paint a picture of the world of tomorrow.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the GUIDE you want to READ! August 27, 2014
I've read Dr. Mesko's book since the "draft" stage was still alive. After seeing the final result, I can't but completely agree with what the world is now whispering, and Lucien and Miguel have already written in their reviews. It is an amazing piece of work! A must read for all interested in what the future -and the present - of medicine has to offer.
Dr. Mesko has unparalleled ability and intuition to curate and collect the most relevant information in regards to the future of healthcare. This is a book for everyone, because everyone needs to know about health and well-being. From the regular person to the policy makers, providers, students and researchers, the content of the book will inform, guide and even entertain.
It is not surprising that the creator of Scienceroll.com and Webicina.com has come up with another fantastic resource to complete a platform that could really shape the future of healthcare-related information.
I can't wait to teach and shout about this, to the whole world, and will soon write a post in my blog Rgrosssz.com.
Again, my friend, congratulations for your excellent work.
Rafael J. Grossmann, MD, FACS
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Very good resource, particularly if you are interested to know the future of medical practice. In this book, Mesko provides a broad based overview of 22 emerging trends ranging between as obvious as personalised medicine and genomics and telehealth through all the way to Synthetiks (try googling it, you will not get much information yet it is a very interesting trend, :-) ...), and brain computer interface advancement. In brief, this book provides a broad brush "smorgasbord" of every technology that is coming up and will likely to go mainstream (then again may not). From emergence of e-Patients to 3-D printing and their applications in medicine and surgery, this book contains a giant encyclopaedic description of these technologies.
Where the book falls short of, in my opinion, is while it gives a broad overview of the most interesting technologies that are emerging and have established themselves, and some glimpse of the author's interviews with some of the leading researchers and pioneers, and resources, movies, and books, the book is somewhat superficial in its more academic treatment. Otherwise, the language is easy, it is easy to read, extremely well researched, and if you use a computer and are connected to Internet while you read this book (I recommend this approach), this book will keep you busy and informed for hours. I was also looking for some key insights from Bertalan himself in this book, which I did not find.
Final Comment: extremely well researched, rich book, and if you are interested to know about what technologies and ideas are coming up in the next few decades in medicine and medical care across the world, read this. But do not expect in-depth treatment of every technology or idea, but it should not take away anything from the enjoyment of the book. Well researched, well-written, and very authentic. I will read it over again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Quantitative Medicine (genome, microbiome, metabolome) will go mainstream in a couple of years. Yet, only a few people are aware of this. This is the reason why this book is so important. Welcome to the digital era of biology. “Healthcare needs a big, massive reboot,” wrote Eric Topol MD, in his book “The Creative Destruction of Medicine” (Apr. 2012). How come dying cancer patients still have to undergo useless, painful and expensive chemotherapies? Did you know that annual mammograms in women aged 40 to 59 years do not offer any reduction in mortality from breast cancer, and that screening mammograms (or annual physical exams) can do more harm than good? Unsustainable health spending in industrialized countries, entrenched medicine, big pharma charging up to $10,000 *monthly* for cancer treatment for a single patent, sorry, I meant to say patient… How can we heal medicine? As a citizen, as a patient, as a physician/nurse, you’ll find answers to this question in “The Guide to the Future of Medicine: Technology AND The Human Touch.” This is great news.

To cure many diseases, like cancer or cystic fibrosis, we will need to target genes (mutations, for ex.), not organs! I am convinced that the future of replacement medicine (organ transplant) is genomics (the science of the human genome). In 10 years we will be replacing (modifying) genes; not organs!

Tomorrow’s medicine will be about genomics, about computer coding. Did you know that IBM Watson is tackling the genomics of cancer at the NY Genome Center? Or that your iPhone enables you to perform your own electrocardiogram (EKG), and that MDs are starting to prescribe more (medical) apps and less drugs to their patients?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Future Health Issues
Interesting book about health issues that will be resolved in the near future. At times, some topics were a little boring but still held your interest.
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We are on the verge of a technological revolution in medicine. Normally this is a rather esoteric subject only reserved for highly qualified technicians. Read more
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Published 1 month ago by Tom Curl
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Published 4 months ago by Richard MacManus
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This is a great biok. Everyone should one, your mindiet and thinking will change in medicine and how everyone can apply the new tools in the days ahead, and particularly I liked... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Vijayakumar Rajendran
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Very good book!
Published 6 months ago by Zsolt Deák
5.0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive collection of ideas concerning our faith in a more...
A comprehensive handbook for all physicians who decided to catch up with the transforming world of information technology - from an insolently young entrepreneur I am very proud to... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Peter Altorjai
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book, Bertalan. Thank you.
(Remek könyv, Bertalan. Köszönöm)

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Published 6 months ago by Arpad Labadi
3.0 out of 5 stars Good review of current trends in digital health and early ...
Good review of current trends in digital health and early 21st century healthcare. Somewhat superficial treatment of topics well described in recent literature. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Tim W Scheffel
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book about the future of medicine.
Breathtaking and impressive. It describes the latest inventions and trends of medicine. It is advisable to know for having a clear picture about the future of our healthcare. Read more
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More About the Author

Dr. Bertalan Mesko, PhD, is a medical futurist who has given more than five hundred presentations to institutions including Yale, Stanford, and Harvard universities; the center of the World Health Organization; and the Singularity University.

He is the founder of Medicalfuturist.com, a website that provides daily news about the future of medicine. He is also the managing director and founder of Webicina.com, the first service to curate medical and health-related social media resources for patients and medical professionals.

Dr. Mesko is also the author of the Social Media in Clinical Practice handbook; the founder of the award-winning medical blog Scienceroll.com; and the founder and lecturer of the Social Media in Medicine online and offline university course.

His work has been recognized by CNN.com, the World Health Organization, and the New York Times, among others. The author received an MD and PhD from the University of Debrecen, Medical School and Health Science Center.


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