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The Guide to the Future of Medicine: Technology AND The Human Touch Paperback – August 25, 2014
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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 all thought out 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'
"These trends go from empowered patients and health gamification to virtual-digital brains and decision making with artificial intelligence." Featured as one of the most remarkable books about the future of medicine. - Mobile Health Global.
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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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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.
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. In my work of changing healthcare through innovations, conferences (TEDxMaastricht 2011, 2012) and lectures, I sometimes meet people who have the ability to bridge the world of medicine and the one of technology on a high and most of all broad level. One of those was a young medical student who was running a medical blog (Scienceroll), at that time already the best read blog in this area. Sharing the same vision with a different approach we got connected through the Internet in 2009 and I asked him to speak at our REshape conferences in Nijmegen.
Berci is one of the few people who have the insight, the feeling, the expertise, the tone of voice and the network to guide medicine through this era of change. He's crafted himself a way through huge challenges, carefully choosing his options, staying authentic to changing medicine. Being faculty at Singularity's University in the Exponential Medicine track (formerly known as FutureMed), I asked Daniel Kraft who is running the track, if I could donate half of my lecture time to Berci in 2013. What better place than NASA's Moffet Field campus to show these guys his great competence; and as expected he absolutely rocked the place. Over time, his opening sentence in his keynotes changed from I'm a medical geek" to I'm a medical futurist" and that is spot-on. The question only was how and when he would set the next step. His latest endeavor is his second book he just released over at Azamon.
An exciting guide through developments, paradigm shifts, hurdles and opportunities. Although the model of writing a book, might become obsolete in the future, it nowadays still is a great formfactor to spread knowledge. I in fact think it should be added to every curriculum's (either doctor or nursing) mandatory reading list in the medical as in the nursing field, but also to every Health MBA program out there. I'm also looking forward to the online course version of this book that he hopefully will create.
In it you'll find a lot of very interesting topics assembled into one place to guide you through your own journey. Since that is Berci's biggest suggestion to you: start NOW exploring the world around you from an innovation perspective, find your own way, and choose your own battle.
My `prescription' to you would be to read a chapter a day, digest it for another day, explore that area yourself for the day after, and then execute on it the next. But the chances you'll read this book in one take are actually much higher, and that's fine too. Next to this incredibly well written and overarching book, he's also created a virtual landing space for the discussion on www.medicalfuturist.com. I really do hope to meet you there.
To Berci: congratulations my friend, you've done it again! You never stop amazing me and many others with the thorough steps you take. I would like to advise you with an adapted quote of the great Steve Jobs ...keep the courage to follow your heart and intuition... Stay hungry, and be a bit more foolish sometimes..."
Director REshape & Innovation Center, Radboud University Medical Center
Faculty Exponential Medicine, Singularity University Silicon Valley
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