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!