Since 1967, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has been regarded as the best annual expo to get an up-close look at the emerging technologies poised to shape our future. From next-generation gadgets to visionary speeches, anyone looking to get a glimpse of what the world will look like tomorrow need only look to CES today.
Interestingly, much of the technology on display at this year’s event revolved around the booming healthcare industry, which itself is already undergoing massive transformation. Let’s take a closer look at some of the biggest breakout healthcare technology from this year’s show.
Next-generation connected devices:
From FitBit to the iWatch, fitness fanatics have already known about the way that connected devices can impact our health and wellness decisions for years now. But this year marked a significant step forward for connected medical devices. Case in point: the NeoMano robotic glove that help people with spinal cord injuries regain the use of their hands.
Protecting a growing elderly population:
The graying of the Baby Boomer population has created numerous challenges for the healthcare industry, and Silicon Valley is doing its part to help protect this increasingly at-risk group. One CES participant used sensor technology to create an inflatable hip protector that acts like an airbag and deploys automatically if the user slips. Another developed sensor technology for sneakers that sends out an automatic alert if the wearer unexpectedly stops moving in an unusual fashion.
Patient experience climbs the ladder:
Not all the healthcare tech on display at CES is necessarily directed specifically at medical treatment itself. Rather, some are taking a more comprehensive look and evaluating the role of patient experience, too. Keeping patients calm, stress-free and happy can be just as important as the treatment itself, in some cases. With that in mind, consider the case of toys like the My Special Aflac Duck—a therapeutic companion toy designed to comfort children being treated for cancer.
Everything can be measured:
Our pillows. Our toothbrushes. Sunlight. Air quality. Water quality. Just about everything we do, or interact with on a daily basis, has an impact on our overall health. And now, with the ubiquity of wireless technology and the Internet of Things, we can now measure and monitor it all in real-time to see what impact these things have on our health. From dime-sized UV sensors that can be worn on a fingernail, to a data-driven mattress, the Internet of Things gave CES attendees a lot to be hopeful for when it comes to healthcare analytics.
It all ties back to telehealth
Of course, when it comes to all these technological advances, it’s important to remember that they must all tie back to one central hub. That role is likely to be increasingly filled by telehealth services providers in the coming years. To learn more about why telehealth is poised to play a starring role in the future of healthcare, click here.