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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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  • File Size: 11946 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dr. Bertalan Meskó (Webicina Kft.); 1 edition (August 27, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00N3Z7NMC
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The future of Medicine 101 !!! August 26, 2014
Format:Paperback
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for health care stakeholders August 26, 2014
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Berci's new book is also a great read. It gives a pretty clear and well structured overview of the trends, technologies and concepts that undoubtedly are going to play a major role in the future of medicine and healthcare. His background as a medical doctor, researcher and geek gives him a unique perspective about medicine's future.

After the introduction, the author describes in an engaging, easily understandable and informative way the twenty two trends that are shaping the future of medicine. Well written and loaded with real-life examples and practical advice, the author guides us through both the concepts and technologies that are currently available today and also those that are still way off in the future. One of Berci's key points is to make clear that despite all the technological advances, the human touch should not be eliminated from practicing medicine.

This excellent book should be read not only by health care professionals, but also by policy makers, researchers and even patients. Definitely a worthwhile and exciting read to get ready for the coming waves of change in the future of medicine.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the GUIDE you want to READ! August 27, 2014
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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
@ZGJR
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Working in digital health myself, I must say that The Guide to the Future of Medicine should be recommended reading tfor both people working in healthcare and those simply interested in the topic. -- And that second category includes in fact almost everyone. Why? First of all, the topic is essential. News about the future of medicine is all around us -- from mainstream media to Facebook. But you likely don't have a framework for understanding and organizing the information. And that is what the author, Bertalan Mesko, provides, by dividing this mass of information into 22 digestible themes. Secondly, the book is so well executed that I couldn't put it down. This book provides us with an easy writing style, a simple clear lay-out, and well-chosen photos. The end result is a very neat, easy-to-read presentation of the facts and a guide to which you can easily refer by going back to a specific trend. So, what is the future of 3d Printing in medicine, for example...Read it and find out!
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As an avid follower of Berci's blog ( www.medicalfuturist.com ) I have been looking forward to reading this book for a while now and it does not disappoint. I enjoyed reading about the many examples that Berci shares in the book related to the intersection of healthcare and medicine. The potential for what technology can enable is quite impressive.

This book is not just a great read for healthcare professionals but for professionals in other industries, as I read through the book it made me think of how some of these examples can be applied to other sectors. I was inspired to think of the industries that I deal with in new ways all thought out the book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good book!
Published 13 days 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 17 days ago by Peter Altorjai
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book, Bertalan. Thank you.
(Remek könyv, Bertalan. Köszönöm)

Arpad Labadi
Published 17 days 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 18 days 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
Published 18 days ago by Dr. Janos Kollar
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Excellent aproach to the future Medicine.
Published 18 days ago by Bufador
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Excellent reading, I think it's a comprehensive summary of the whole tech-med field, with realistic predictions about the future of this field both from technology point of view... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Fodor Mátyás
4.0 out of 5 stars Good solid coverage, but the author has to learn to back-off on the...
The Guide to the Future of Medicine is an excellent summary of the coming challenges in the health and medical professions. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Brett King
5.0 out of 5 stars Why not?
Haven't read it. I have looked at bits of it and it seems like an interesting read
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Interesting hands on healing
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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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