It was an honor to be invited to do a master class at Medicine X taking place at Stanford University. I conducted a 90-minute Master Class on teaching social media in the health sciences. Also, I gave a talk about my journey of becoming a futurist from a doctor; I was on the #whatifHC panel and had a walking tour. These were busy, and thanks to the organizer Larry Chu, MD, insightful and productive four days. See you there next year as well!
A few thoughts I had after getting insights about the future of medicine at the conference:
- E-patients were massively represented in the event which should be an example for all upcoming conferences dedicated to these topics.
- Balance is needed as I’m pretty sure e-patients cannot and should not make a revolution without medical professionals being involved in it. This is why we have to train doctors do be ready for the digital era.
- Google Glass keeps on showing potentials in medicine and healthcare. In CPR training, augmented reality applications and even in fitness, it has the chance to shine.
- Talking about that, I just got my Shine, a wearable fitness gadget which I’ve been testing for days and quite like it.
- Gamification seems to be the key to persuading people to live a healthy lifestyle (e.g Lumosity, Moodhacker).
- Smart Patients can become the leading patient community site and take the position of Patientslikeme.
- Every country needs an Epatient Dave, a Jack Andraka and a Regina Holliday.