Top 10 Medical Technologies – The Medical Futurist


Let’s see the top trends and technologies
that will shape the year 2015 in medicine and healthcare! This is Bertalan Mesko and you are watching the channel of the Medical Futurist. Every year, I come up with a list of trends and technologies that I think will shape the
coming year in medicine and healthcare. I don’t like to call these predictions, rather
I call them extrapolations form today’s trends. I try to choose those research directions
which might make the biggest impact on our lives in the coming year. So let’s see the
list right now. Organ-on-a-chip technique might be available
in the year 2015 which mean that we might soon be able to create the first virtual model
of the human body making it possible to run drug tests on billions of patient models in
seconds with supercomputers. In the coming year, digital tattoos as thin
as two micrometers might become available making it the ultimate sensor. So I don’t
have to use all these gadgets around myself to measure my health data but with one very
thin digital tattoo, I could measure whatever I would like to measure.
Well, while the year of 2014 was the year of the wearable health trackers, 2015 will
be the year of smart clothes. T-shirts and trousers which will be able to measure our
health parameters in the most convenient way. The first medical tricorders will come to
the market due to the XPrize challenges. Little devices that by scanning the body would come
up with a few simple diagnostic options. IBM supercomputer named Watson as a cognitive
computer will be used in more and more medical practices worldwide and more and more hospitals
will buy that as an actual asset to the medical decision making process.
A company called Theranos will revolutionize blood tests by making it available with just
one droplet of blood at Walmarts around the US.
Food scanning is coming at home with a company called Tellspec. We will be able to finally
know what ingredients our food contains. Augmented reality will move away from Google
Glass more towards the first digital contact lenses that can measure blood glucose levels
from tears as an added benefit. The first 3D printed biomaterials will become
mainstream due to the company’s efforts called Organovo. Next year, the first liver tissues
printed out in 3D will be used by pharmaceutical companies.
Empowered patients will attend more and more medical conferences, they will speak at these conferences
and more and more e-patients will be included in editorial boards of peer reviewed journals.
Direct-to-consumer companies in genomics will deal with the challenges FDA will come up
with and we will move towards very cheap whole genome sequencing. Although the cost will
not be zero next year, but we will get closer to my prediction about the fact that the shipping
cost of the sample will be higher than actually sequencing the genome.
In areas with doctor shortages, telemedicine will be used at its best. Moreover, the first
force-feedback gloves will come to the market making it possible to even feel the handshake
form a distance, even from continents away while discussing medical issues through telemedical
applications. Prosthetics will become more sophisticated
and much much cheaper due to the 3D printing revolution. And I think that the first brain-computer
interfaces will be used in practice, plus we will more and more be able to measure our
brain activities; and to learn how to be relaxed or how to be focused at home.
Please share which trends you like the most and what other trends you have in mind about
the year 2015 and please share these the Facebook page of The Medical Futurist! Thank you!

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27 thoughts on “Top 10 Medical Technologies – The Medical Futurist

  1. Thanks Dr. Mesko, for this great Med-tech crunch. Id like to add that the "internet of things" could certainly be among the new trends causing disruption in the field. 

  2. Great list, thankyou!  If you were to make a short list of likely top advances in life extension or anti-aging in 2015, anything come to mind?

  3. Great video on up to date tech. First hand knowledge of Greatbatch Medical implantable tech on the cutting edge for the year 2017 after Greatbatch move all manufacturing out of new york state in 2017-2018.

  4. how likey are we to get a cure for type 2???? and when will more be done for those with endocrine disorder s? 😢

  5. Thank you for sharing your videos. I like the focus of your channel and I think you provide some good info. I just have a tip for you. After watching several of your videos, I observed that you move from talking about one technology to another without any good transitions in place. That makes it difficult to focus and it can be hard to tell when you've started talking about the next technology. I feel that I should point this out because people have short attention spans and they might not be able to fully appreciate the info unless it's presented in a clear way. My suggestion is to write the name of each technology right before you share the info on it. Also, the transitions would be clearer if you leave a 3-5 second 'no talking' gap before you begin talking about the next technology. You can fill that gap with music.
    This is my recommendation. I hope it helps. I'm excited to see more videos on this great topic.

  6. Great overview of the amazing work that everyone is doing worldwide merging technology with health. Congratulations!

  7. We want to get in contact wit you. We want you to join our programme committee for the next medical engineering congress we organize in February 2017 in Leipzig Germany.
    Reards Ulrich Pieper

  8. The main impediment in adopting telemedicine worldwide is not the technology itself, but the legislation and who takes responsibility for medical services provided this way. I doubt medical and malpraxis insurance companies will adopt this soon. And this is all the more important as you switch borders.

  9. Sir i have also idea that can really change our medical life, but I don't know how to start it and who will invest on my idea plz plz suggest me…..

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