Looking Back At Today’s Healthcare From The Future in 2050 – The Medical Futurist


Let’s look back at today’s healthcare from
2050. This is Bertalan Mesko and you are watching the channel of the Medical Futurist. A lot
of people ask me about the future of medicine and healthcare. What’s coming next, what about
the future of radiology, genomics or health sensors. They ask me to make really sharp
predictions. This device will come out in this exact year. But instead of this, let’s
do something else now. Let’s look back from 2050, and see what today’s healthcare included,
what barbaric elements played an important role in today’s healthcare in the years 2010s.
Let’s see some of these. So back than in the 2010s years we had to go to huge hospitals
to access information and to measure parameters about our own health. We had to use big radiology
devices, instead of just small digital tattoos. We had blockbuster drugs manufactured for
millions of people instead of getting a drug in a specified dosage for my own molecular
genetic background. There were waiting times for doctors and patients; there were doctor
shortages, areas where there is no doctor at all. There were clinical trails that cost
billions of dollars, and it took at least a decade to go through a trial so then a drug
can be accepted instead of just doing virtual clinical trials, like we do today. Infections
in hospitals were quite common, epidemiology was absolutely slow, not using really smart
digital solutions, there were clinical laboratories, where you had to go to get your blood markers
measured or your blood taken, instead of just blood measuring any kind of blood markers
and parameters. Cancer was a dramatic life event, instead of just being a chronic disease
or a bump in a life, we had paper medical records back than, we had ambulance cars not
drones like today that can deliver the right equipment to the right people in seconds.
There was health insurance without measuring health parameters and data. It was really
not efficient and successful. Hospitals were run by managers, not supercomputers, not smart
algorithms. Patients were ordered to take a drug, instead of dealing with them as equal
partners in the care, and the work of physicians was really unquantifiable, success rates were
not available. And these are just a few examples, we need to be really brave now when imagining
the future, and we work hard to fulfill these goals. We need to make sure that the future
of health care is based on the human touch, is based on the partnership of the patients
and their care givers, and is based on technology, that can give us the absolute best success
rates, the best treatments, and still the best care when it comes to people. Please
come up with your own ideas looking back from 2050 at today’s healthcare, and share those
in the comment section. Thank you!

10 Replies to “Looking Back At Today’s Healthcare From The Future in 2050 – The Medical Futurist”

  1. This is a really great video. 
    Plus ideas: there were places where people didn't have access to healthcare at all; people didn't know how much nutrition and what type of nutrition they took a day.

  2. do you really think, there will be only drones…????? i can´t imagine somebody sending you medical equipment, so you do everything yourself…..:)

  3. From my prospective the future of healthcare will be independent of Doctor, hospital and high end medical devices. Then what is a billion dollar question. The future is based on the nanotechnology. Patient will not got to hospital, patient will have all its parameter screened at home and use an high end software for treatment and small meneature medical devices for invasive and non invasive treatment like a glocometer today. No MRI it will be in your mobile phone perhaps and your toilet will give you the urine and stole examination. Like gulcometer device your single blood drop will give you the 100's of parameter like fasting,, vital level in body, throid etc and many more. Screening will be vivide easily from a single droplet of blood and treatment will be tailour made by software.

  4. Hospitals run by smart algorithms? I suggest you watch Will Smith's movie iRobot. When people forget that machines are just machines, we are in a great deal of trouble.

  5. food, nutrition will play into this as well: nutraceuticals for the microbiome. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/eat-yourself-healthy-future-nutrition-clemens-suter-crazzolara-phd?trk=prof-post

  6. I imagine an AI doctor attached to every patient. This AI doctor will take the shape of a sensor attached to our body with our genomic information stored on it. This sensor will:
    – Constantly measures our vitals
    – Warns us before something happens using the pool of data it collects from all users
    – Guides us through what to do when something happens
    – Enable researchers, be them humans, AIs, or both, to cure diseases that are now incurable

  7. back then in 2017, even the technologically more advanced countries did not have 'Inter-connected' medical records of patients… something that exists today even for the remotest part of Africa or Asia. Back then, there was no central storage of patient data that our clinics and hospitals could access from anywhere in the world. Finally, today in Y2050, we consider having digital access to our own medical records as 'Basic human right' did not exist then.

  8. A tiny laboratory on a nano-scopic chip that:

    o A farmer sprays on her crops. The chip transmits data that optimises the crops' growth. Then…
    o …this same chip will be ingested by the food's consumer as he eats that crop. The chip will monitor the patient health from inside his body. Then…
    o …the same chip will pass to the sewerage system and give feedback on the health of our waste management infrastructure. Then…
    o …once it passes out of the sewer to the broader environment, that same chip provides valuable data on soil conditions, water acidity, C02 in air, then…
    o…and so on

  9. I viewed this as a recommendation from the Coursera course I am taking called "eHealth More than just a medical record", through Coursera / University of Sydney. I live in the U.S. Anyway, this is very interesting stuff! The idea that pharmaceutical companies whole clinical trials and approval processes can go much faster, and that drugs can be "customized" for each persons characteristics, genomics, etc. Also, monitoring. If I can use one example from popular culture and music – this type of thing – monitoring, early detection, advanced drugs – probably could have saved Tom Petty. We would have had him, happy and healthy, writing songs and performing into his 90's.

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