Top Books & More Of 2020

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Here is the list of recently published books, reports, new podcasts, and online courses that you should check out if you want to keep up to date with medical technologies’ progress.

BOOK / VRx: How Virtual Therapeutics Will Revolutionize Medicine (Brennan Spiegel)

VRx (virtual medicine) offers the possibility of treating illnesses without solely relying on intrusive surgeries or addictive opioids. The author, Brennan Spiegel, is a Director of Health Services Research for Cedars-Sinai Health System and Professor of Medicine and Public Health at UCLA, where he teaches digital health science, health analytics and health economics. Learn about practical virtual reality applications in medicine – from pain relief to stress reduction and mental illness therapy. Buy it on Amazon >

BOOK / Human Compatible: Artificial Intelligence and the Problem of Control (Stuart Russell)

we rethink AI from the ground up. Russell begins by exploring the idea of intelligence in humans and in machines. He describes the near-term benefits we can expect, from intelligent personal assistants to vastly accelerated scientific research, and outlines the AI breakthroughs that still have to happen before we reach superhuman AI. Buy it on Amazon >

BOOK / Health Design Thinking: Creating Products and Services for Better Health (Bon Ku and Ellen Lupton)

Practical examples how to apply the principles of human-centered design to real-world health care challenges, from drug packaging to early detection of breast cancer. Buying options >

MOOC / AI in Healthcare Specialization (Coursera)

In this free online course by Stanford Medicine, experts discuss the current and future applications of AI in healthcare with the goal of learning to bring AI technologies into the clinic safely and ethically.
You will learn to: identify problems healthcare providers face that machine learning can solve; analyze how AI affects patient care safety, quality, and research; relate AI to the science, practice, and business of medicine; apply the building blocks of AI to help you innovate and understand emerging technologies. Go to the course >

MOOC / Collaborative Data Science for Healthcare (edX)

Data and learning should be at the front and center of healthcare delivery. In this course, Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT brings together computer scientists, health providers and social scientists collaborating to improve population health by analyzing and mining data routinely collected in the process of patient care. Go to the course >

PODCAST / Tech Fit 4 Europe (Microsoft)

How can technology tackle climate change or improve healthcare? What responsibility should tech companies take for how their solutions are used? And will the geopolitics of tech reshape our world order? In this podcast, Casper Klynge, Microsoft’s Vice President of European Government Affairs, discusses challenging issues with the people behind the policies that shape our use of technology. Listen to the podcast >

PODCAST / Faces of digital health

Although this podcast is not brand new, I really enjoyed some episodes released in 2020. Hosted by a former healthcare journalist Tjaša Zajc, Faces of Digital Health explores the speed at which healthcare systems around the world are adopting digital transformation. Specially curated discussions with carefully selected speakers challenge overtly hyped assumptions about the modern state of healthcare innovation. Listen to the podcast >

REPORT / Transforming healthcare with AI. The impact on the workforce and organisations (EIT Health, McKinsey & Company)

A joint publication of EIT Health and McKinsey & Company explores the impact of AI on healthcare practitioners and the implications of introducing and scaling AI for healthcare organizations and healthcare systems across Europe. Download the report >

REPORT / Digital transformation. Shaping the future of European healthcare (Deloitte Centre For Health Solutions)

This report explores the current state of digitalization across healthcare and the role of technology in transforming ways of working and improving the patient and clinician experience. It examines the potential for digital transformation to address the current and future challenges facing healthcare systems in Europe. Download the report >

REPORT / Digital implementation investment guide (‎DIIG)‎: integrating digital interventions into health programmes

Digital Implementation Investment Guide (DIIG) aims to help governments and technical partners plan a digital health implementation that focuses on one or more health programmes to support national health system goals. The Guide is designed to walk users of the document step-by-step through planning, costing and implementing digital health interventions within a digital health enterprise. This consists of selecting digital health interventions that are aligned with identified health needs, appropriate to a specific country context and integrated with existing technologies and the broader digital architecture. Download the report >

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One comment

  1. i would “healthusiasm” to that list as well 😇

    it explains how people why more than ever occupied with their health, how (consuler & pharma) companies, healthcare institutions, and healthtech startups can play into that worldwide trend, called Healthusiasm. It’s a book about all that is positive when it comes to impacting our health. It’s about activism. But in stead of focusing on all that is wrong, it showcases all positive change already today.


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