I’ve used the whole evolution of Fitbit devices from Fitbit One through Surge and Blaze, so it was obvious I’ll test Ionic. I was curious what the first smartwatch and fitness tracker combination from Fitbit can offer me. The verdict? A neatly designed, resourceful tracker with many useful measurements, but I still can’t believe they don’t […]

The widespread U.S. opioid & overdose crisis is an ever-increasing tragic concern for everyone: writhing victims, family members being fain to see their relatives suffer or die, doctors prescribing opioid pain-killers what they thought before as safe, and regulators imposed to handle a tough situation. Addiction. It’s painful to even read about the skyrocketing numbers of […]

The Canadian government recognized the current challenges in their healthcare system alongside the rapid technological developments and their potential for changing medicine for good. Thus, a Senate Committee invited researchers, ethicists, entrepreneurs, and futurists like me to discuss the way forward. Recently, they published their findings containing actionable recommendations for the future. This is the […]



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Do Digital Health Sensors Limit Our Freedom of Choice?

How do you live healthier with data? How do you get used to sensors and wearables? I receive plenty of questions after my keynotes about digital health; how it changes my life and how it could transform society in the future. A while ago, I was on stage in Lisbon, when someone asked me whether I think the use of health sensors might limit our freedom of choice. As it generated a discussion within The Medical Futurist team too, I decided to outline my position and the counter-arguments. Needless to say, I stood for technology not curbing our freedom in any way.

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There Is No Precision Medicine Without Artificial Intelligence

Artificial narrow intelligence (ANI) will most likely help healthcare move from traditional, „one-size-fits-all” medical solutions towards targeted treatments, personalized therapies, and uniquely composed drugs. In two words: precision medicine. However, before we let ANI take over the stage in healthcare, stakeholders should consider several ethical and legal issues. 

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Launch of The Medical Futurist Institute: Digital Health Research For A Better Future

The Medical Futurist Institute, the very first research institute specializing in digital health, was launched on 17 October 2017. We, the team of The Medical Futurist are incredibly happy to be able to share what we have been working on with you. The aim of the Institute is to prepare every stakeholder of healthcare for gradually adopting digital health. For successfully doing so, it provides comprehensive, original scientific field research, policy papers, and recommendations on technological innovations and their broader social impact.

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Digital Maps Help Fight Epidemics

Have you ever thought that it would be possible to monitor drug overdoses, Zika cases or the spread of the flu in real time? Have you ever imagined that satellites wouldbe able to tell how and where a malaria epidemic will happen months before the actual outbreak? It is mind-blowing how, in the last years, digital maps developed to a level where they serve as effective tools for evaluating, monitoring and even predicting health events. That’s why I decided to give a comprehensive overview of digital maps in healthcare.

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We Simply Won’t Go To Mars Without Digital Health

“It’s 2017, we should have a lunar base by now,” noted Elon Musk when he revealed his grandiose plans about going to Mars in at least five years. “What the hell is going on?”, he asked clearly not being satisfied with the current state of astronautics. However, I say, we should not only concentrate on the development of space technologies but devote more focus to advancing technologies to keep people well and alive on the Red Planet. Digital health opens amazing horizons there. That’s what I detailed in my paper in New Space.

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Digital Health Is A Cultural Transformation Of Traditional Healthcare Through Disruptive Technologies

Advanced medical technologies, disruptive innovations hand-in-hand with people willing to change will transform traditional healthcare into a modern healthcare system fit for the 21st century, says the first peer-reviewed paper covering the subject published by The Medical Futurist Institute. The thought-provoking article lays down the foundation for digital health with its accurate definition and frames the paradigm shift happening in healthcare. 

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What Can Digital Health Bring to Small Countries Like Andorra?

Did you know that there is a country where life expectancy for women reaches 98.7 years and 89.4 years for men? Where companies and individuals have been paying income tax only for a couple of years? Where the national football team’s captain has collected more than 600 football shirts during his career? Yes, there is a country like that. It’s a micro-state between France and Spain called Andorra. Are you curious how I as The Medical Futurist ended up there and what digital health could bring for countries with less than a million inhabitants? Read on!