Digital Health Dominates CES 2014: 3 Trends to Watch

Posted in Mobile Health by Chris Wiltz on January 9, 2014

 With over 300 exhibitors in the medtech space and a 40% increase in the digital health footprint, the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2014) is the biggest yet for healthcare technology. Here are the three biggest digital health trends seen at the show. 

Today marks day two of the Digital Health Summit at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2014. And while curved TVs, Michael Bay's meltdown, the death of 3D TV, and the rise of ultra-HD are on everyone's lips, the real growth at CES is happening in the connected space and in digital health in particular.

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the organization behind CES, has reported a 40% growth in digital health exhibitors over last year with over 300 exhibitors in the medtech space. Health and wellness are becoming increasingly consumer-oriented as a younger, more health-conscious population enters the market and the Baby Boomer generation looks for better ways of managing their health.
Where medical equipment manufacturers have traditionally thought of the healthcare provider as their consumer, a new, secondary business model is opening up, one that goes directly from the manufacturer to the patient.
John D. Korry, managing director of the medical equipment technology practice at the consulting firm Accenture, attributes this growth in the digital healthcare space to and overall trend toward digital technology across multiple industries. “We believe this is linked to an overarching trend, which is that every business is a digital business and every consumer, or patient, is a digital consumer.”
Here are three key trends dominating the consumer digital health space at CES this year.  
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 -Chris Wiltz, Associate Editor, MD+DI

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