Last month’s International CES conference brought over 150,000 attendees to Las Vegas to discuss technology for the coming year, with the Digital Health Summit taking a closer look at the latest products and ideas to impact health and wellness. Now that the conference goers have cleared out and locals can take back control of the area around the convention center, we’re bringing you the biggest health insights from the conference.
Wearables are booming
Wearable devices, like Fitbit, were all the rage during the CES conference. Often worn as a small bracelet, these devices allow people to create and track activity and fitness data over a long period of time. Fitbit, Jawbone, and Nike’s trackers are leading the market right now, but many new products sprung up during the conference.
For Razer Nabu, bringing innovation into the wearables space meant adding a social media layer to the device, with the device possibly vibrating when another linked Nabu user is physically close. Other competitors continue to offer options that aren’t a separate device to be used apart from a smart phone. LG, Razer, and Epson all released smart watches that have some of the same functionality as smart phones, but incorporate the ease of a wearable as well. Companies like iHealth Lab, however, are bringing wearables closer to the clinic and hospital and out of everyday use. iHealth Lab unveiled three smart-phone enabled wearables in their CES lineup, including a vest that can monitor blood pressure, an ECG device to use on patients in an ambulance, and a pulse oximeter device worn on the wrist.
Curation platforms show up at CES conference
With the extreme focus on health and wellness tracking, some companies are beginning to create programs that can help curate and make sense of all of the digital health information out there for consumers.
Bioniq Health, in particular, claims to be creating the “first connected health pharmacy.” Using consumer generated genetic data, Bioniq will recommend the digital health devices, services, and tracking programs that are the best fit for the individual. The company will take it to another level by incorporating their BioniqMD app into the mix that may allow physicians to “prescribe” those recommended health devices and programs directly to their patients.
Did you attend the 2014 CES conference? What were your digital health takeaways?
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