Digital Health Dominates CES 2014: 3 Trends to Watch - #3

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

#3 - Real Time Remote Monitoring

According to a Brookings Institute analysis, remote monitoring technologies could save the U.S. healthcare system $197 billion between 2010 and 2035. Korry and Accenture believe the combination of Internet, video, and wireless technology for inbound patients and those with chronic conditions will create an explosion of consumer products with evolving patient monitoring capabilities. “We'll see further evolution including implanted bioelectric sensors and options to detect a deeper range of physiological information along with sensors that can track nonlinear data like bathroom visits, coughs, and erratic behaviors.” Packaged behind these more powerful sensors will be systems such as monitoring apps for smartphones and tablets, that provide two-way communication to remote healthcare consultants.
SMK Electronics is demonstrating a video game for remote rehabilitation (telehabilitation). The company's platform, which was developed in coordination with the University of Manitoba, uses the Gyration Air Mouse – a motion-tracking computer mouse that can be used while held in the air – to rehab patients with arthritis and balance and gait disorders. Dr. Tony Szturm, associate professor at the University of Manitoba's department of physical therapy says that the goal of the platform is to give patients the freedom to control their physical therapy from home – thereby increasing compliance and reducing costs. “Traditional and long-term rehabilitation is often cost-prohibitive, with clinic exercises that are tediously repetitive—both factors resulting in low patient adherence to prescribed regimens,” says Szturm.
Vancive Medical Technologies, a division of Avery Dennison, is showcasing its Metria Informed Health Technology Platform – a series of disposable, adhesive, sensor-based products for health monitoring and clinical applications. Deepak Prakash, Vancive's global director of marketing, says the company is also investigating using the technology for cardiac diagnostics. “This technology can also be configured to allow capture and transmission of an electrocardiogram that can be used, for example, in cardiac rhythm analyses.”
Vancive's first consumer level product, the Metria IH1, is intended for “lifestyle management applications” and measures activity, sleep, calories via a sensor that sticks directly onto the body – something that could be a welcome change for consumers whose wrists are already occupied with smartwatches and fitness bands.
Vancive's Metria sensor promises remote monitoring capabilities in a non-intrusive, comfortable form factor. 

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