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The consumer view: best tech at CES


Dave Taylor is co-founder and COO of Bond Digital Health, a life sciences company based in Wales that develops app and cloud-based digital healthcare solutions. He shares his best-of-show recommendations from this year’s CES show

Every January tens of thousands of technology fans from across the world flock to the bright lights of Las Vegas for the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES). There, in the vast Las Vegas Convention Centre, more than four thousand businesses and one thousand speakers showcase the next generation of consumer electronics to the marketplace.

Some of the biggest digital health and medtech announcements of the year are made at CES and this year’s show was no exception, with wearable tech products particularly popular.

Here are some of the innovative new products that caught our eye at CES 2019:

  • French health tech company Withings launched what it claims is the first analogue watch to include an electrocardiogram (ECG) monitor. Designed to help detect atrial fibrillation, a heart condition that causes an irregular heartbeat, Move ECG is a combined ECG monitor and activity watch. Users place their fingers on the watch and it records an electrocardiogram on demand in 20 seconds. The data can be viewed via a smartphone app, which alerts users if they need to consult their doctor and can send the data to them.
  • Flint Rehab’s product MiGo is the first activity tracker designed specifically to aid rehabilitation in stroke survivors. It tracks every move a user makes, including movements other trackers miss, and is smart enough to rule out unintentional movements like tremors. It also lets users set individual movement goals and connects to a smartphone app to track performance history.
  • US based Care Predict unveiled Care Predict Home, a machine learning wearable targeted at older people. It uses artificial intelligence to collect data about a user’s daily routines and behaviours, including diet, physical activity, toilet habits and bathing, to detect and predict health conditions.
  • Alma Care offers data-driven real time health and fall risk monitoring for older people using wearable sensors on the feet and wrists to track changes in health and mobility. With a smartphone app the system also offers actionable insights, predictive analytics and smart alerts if a user is in need of help.

It’s clear from these and other products launched at CES that the growing desire for more personalised healthcare combined with pressures on health systems across the world are rapidly driving innovation in digital health and medtech.

Smartphones are becoming even smarter and more affordable, wearable tech is becoming less intrusive and more capable and cloud solutions are becoming more efficient and reliable.

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When put together, these technologies offer an incredible opportunity to put patients in control of their own health outcomes and transform the traditional doctor-patient relationship.

Bond Digital Health is proud to be at the forefront of this new wave of innovation with our bespoke app and cloud digital health solutions and pioneering wearable tech projects.

We can’t wait to see what else 2019 has in store in the world of medtech.

About the author

With well over 100 years experience between us, we've been around the editorial and medical blocks a few times. But we're still as keen as any young pup to root out what's new and inspiring.

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