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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.
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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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.
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.
- It's well-written - a fast-paced, fact-packed briefing on how technology is rapidly advancing medical technology.
- I'm listening to it read out loud to me in my shed (it makes my look forward to my regular exercise sessions attractive and I enjoy them more.)
- The technologies described are thrilling - very cheering to learn about.
- Generally very good. The style of writing is similar to that of Peter Diamandis' 'Abundance' - enthusiastic, very clear and easy to read, packed with specifics of products, company names, websites, explanations of things.
This book will be highly valuable to anyone who has not had the opportunity to stay on top of the literature and media speculation on the future of healthcare. Berci also insights of many innovative technologies due to his inside access to tech companies and innovators. So it is an easy way to get caught up and prepared for the future that is coming.
For those following healthcare innovation the book is not earth shattering or a big surprise, yet helpful to see another perspective on it that melds a research and clinical lens. Definitely not a book that should be missed.