CES 2016: A Focus on Digital Health

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At Physician 360, we get excited about all things digital health. Here's a roundup of our favorite stories coming out of last week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where healthcare innovation and medical devices were hot topics.

We enjoyed Beth Kutscher's reporting on the expanding digital health market and the challenge of using technology to improve patient outcomes. 

"Healthcare took center stage at the consumer electronics expo—particularly for wearables and devices that allow patients to monitor their health at home," she writes. "The connected health market is expected to grow to $117 million by 2020, according to a report from ACT, a trade association for app developers and information technology companies."

Read her Modern Healthcare article, "Healthcare Devices Get Top Billing At CES 2016."

During the conference's keynote address, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty and Medtronic CEO Omar Ishrak discussed the partnership between their companies to develop an advanced diabetes management system. 

"Think of the amount of efficiency it will create in the healthcare system," says Ishrak. "Wasted money in emergency room visits can be curtailed by something seemingly simple but really very important." 

You can hear Ishrak's full talk in the video below (start at 32:25) or watch it here.

As Jennifer Hicks points out, the healthcare sector is in the midst of a transformation that is redefining how patients access care.

She writes, “This consumerization of health and the explosion of data are compelling the healthcare industry to innovate and embrace new thinking and approaches that provide better, more affordable care.” 

Read her Forbes article, "Driving Healthcare Transformation With Connected Tech At CES."

We've poured through the lists of medical devices and healthcare products on display at CES, and one of our favorites is Panacea's Cloud, a disaster relief tool designed by researchers at the University of Missouri. It connects first responders with remotely-based medical providers in the event of an emergency.

Read more about this exciting disaster management technology.