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CES 2019 – Healthcare innovations to look out for

Tags: public health

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is an annual event that attracts over 180,000 attendees each year, showcasing the most cutting edge, revolutionary technology imaginable. Of interest to readers of PHP however, will be the Digital Health Summit, which focuses on how technology can revolutionize healthcare and wellness. In fact, healthcare has become so ingrained in CES, that attendees can now earn CME (continuing medical education) credits for some of the sessions. I’ve highlighted a few of these innovations below; it remains to be seen how well they work in the real world, and if patients are interested in this sort of technology.

Improvements to existing fitness trackers

While current fitness trackers can measure activity, improvements to them, as well as improvements to their ecosystem, will allow for patients to track activity, as well as blood glucose, blood pressure, weight, and other biologic measurements. Being able to track your overall health, and see how it is trending over time, will allow those with multiple conditions to track their health and identify risk factors before they escalate.

Pria by Black and Decker: Medication management made easy

The PRIA by Black+Decker is an automated medication management and home health assistant (Photo from their Facebook Page)

Medication management is an ongoing struggle for patients, especially when dosing is irregular, or when different medications require different dosing scheduled. The PRIA™ by BLACK+DECKER™ Home Care Companion is an automated medication management and home health assistant that allows a caregiver to monitor an individuals medication and healthcare schedule. It is able to schedule different medication doses and schedules, provide reminder alerts, and track visits (source).


Addison: Your healthcare virtual assistant

Similar to the above, but take even further is Addison Care. This is a virtual assistant created by Electronic Caregiver. Not only is it capable of reminding users to take medications (and then being able to track adherence), it can also measure health performance. It’s a very ambitious project that was several years in development, but as you can see below, the system is very interactive, using voice activation, cameras, and other feedback mechanisms to get a more in-depth understanding of someones health state. The video below provides more detail on how it can assess a patients risk of falling:


Thought leadership in healthcare

In addition to the device above, CES also has a series of interesting talks scheduled, including:

  • Boldly Going Where No Tech’s Gone Before: A session focused on incorporating the patient perspective into healthcare, ranging from clinical trials to hospital care
  • Patient Decade Commences: Tear Down These Walls!: Continuing the patient theme, this session will be focused on patient generated health data, and includes a patient advocate as part of the panel
  • The Solution to the Opioid Crisis No One Is Talking About: A panel that sounds like something out of Star Trek will be discussing “… a bright light we refer to as Neuromodulation—a discreet, FDA-approved, implantable neural device holding powerful capabilities to intervene in the adoption of opioids by confronting the root of the cause—PAIN.”
  • Gamechanger Seqster Unites Health Data & Genomics: The idea of a single health care record owned by the patient is something of a pipedream for patient privacy advocates. However, in this session, the CEO of Seqster proposes their solution for this incredibly difficult problem.

It’ll be interesting to see what else is announced at CES; this is what I could find before the conference starts, but it remains to be seen what other innovations come about afterwards. In addition, I’m curious to see how well these innovations work in the real world, and how companies respond to concerns around patient privacy, and what feedback systems they put in place to ensure patient safety is paramount.

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