Interdisciplinary
Innovative
Award
2013
Dr Bertalan Meskó

Dr Meskó got his Master’s degree as a medical doctor in 2009, and his Ph.D. in clinical genomics in 2012 from the University of Debrecen. He has been an external lecturer at Semmelweis University and the University of Debrecen since 2006, giving presentations, workshops, and seminars for medical students and medical professionals. He was occupied with medical communication even at an early stage of his studies.

He is also a private professor at Semmelweis Medical School, Budapest, Hungary.

He publishes his analyses of the future of medicine and healthcare, and what role technologies play in changing them on medicalfuturist.com and the related social media channels. He has over 400,000 daily followers. He is also the founder and director of The Medical Futurist Institute, which conducts research on how science fiction technologies can become reality in medicine and healthcare. The institute helps governments, policy makers, organisations, and patients worldwide to adopt digital health.

Dr Meskó has been featured by dozens of publications, including CNN, the World Health Organization, National Geographic, Forbes, TIME magazine, BBC, and the New York Times, and is an Amazon Top 100 author, too. With more than 500 presentations including courses at Harvard, Stanford, Yale, and organizations including the biggest pharmaceutical companies, he is one of the top voices globally on healthcare technology. In his lectures and work, he stresses the importance of digital literacy and the need to integrate the efficient use of digital technology into the practice of medicine, medical education, and the everyday delivery of care.

In 2008, he founded Webicina.com, the world’s first and only service curating medical social media resources in 180 medical topics with the help of international online communities of both doctors and patients. The website is user-friendly, customisable, and free to use. Dr Meskó has been the managing director ever since its foundation.

In 2012, he became a lecturer of The Social MEDia Course (thecourse.webicina.com), which is the digital format of the Social Media in Medicine university course with 16 topics, Prezi.com presentations, and gamification. He also takes part in creating and digitalising the curriculum.

With Webicina.com, dr Meskó has shown his true devotion to providing both patients and physicians with the best quality, most up-to-date, and trustworthy online information on medicine. As a medical futurist, he advocates globally for the safe and efficient adoption of digital health technologies, with a mission to democratise access to healthcare.