Tracking digital trends | Digital Health Summit #CES2018

What will transform digital health?

Healthcare was a top draw at this January’s Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas.  It’s encouraging and motivating to see how digital health products and perspectives have evolved since we were last at #CES in 2016.  Inspired by the health-focus at #CES2018, here are three trends and insights we are tracking:

The definition of healthcare is changing

Source: Erin Dietsche, MedCityNews

Healthcare isn’t solely limited to what were traditionally considered medical conditions. The sector is expanding its definition. “Healthcare” has been revised to mean whole health, which encompasses every body part as well as mental health.

“Virtual reality is emerging as a potential treatment for mental health issues such as anxiety. Lumen is a self-guided meditative experience aimed at doing just that. Launched by TIME Inc. and created in collaboration with Walter Greenleaf of the Stanford University Virtual Human Interaction Lab, Lumen utilizes VR to help patients reach a calmer state. The platform was demoed during the Digital Health Summit.

“However, not everyone has come to recognize what healthcare includes. Conditions like anxiety and depression are often separated from the rest of healthcare. They’re pushed to the side while the “medical stuff” is dealt with using a different pot of cash, Reena Pande, CMO of AbleTo, said during a panel discussion. “Actually, you want to spend more on behavioral health.”

Lots of room for clinical-grade devices; the value of patient-centred care is recognized

Source: Bertalan Meskó, MD, PhD, Director at The Medical Futurist Institute 

“There were very few intrinsically disruptive innovations. For me, disruptive means technologically relevant innovations serving a valid clinical or medical purpose in a niche market for a fair price.

“Patients will be the point of care. CES 2018 strengthened my expectation that medicine will get to the closest proximity of patients very soon. Healthcare gadgets, sensors, trackers for homes and cars outnumbered any other health technologies this year. Only beauty care could compete with them.”

Blood Pressure Watch

Source: Eric Topol, MD

“Omron, the most popular home blood pressure device manufacturer in the United States, had FDA approval for the first smartwatch that takes a blood pressure reading via a brief occlusion of the radial artery. The latest version of the device, pictured above, was unveiled at CES 2018.”

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