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  • 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!

Let's see the top trends and technologies that will shape the year 2015 in medicine and healthcare!

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