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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 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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Webicina Kft.; 1 edition (August 25, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9630898020
  • ISBN-13: 978-9630898027
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #294,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By L. J. L. Engelen on 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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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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We are on the verge of a technological revolution in medicine. Normally this is a rather esoteric subject only reserved for highly qualified technicians. However, Bertalan Mesko translates all this jargon into everyday use. This is not a book for cynical doctors, it is basically directed to people who still enjoy the art of thinking.
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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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