At CES 2018, Digital Health Took Center Stage
LAS VEGAS – Unless you have lived under a rock or be a business executive or a congressman with a fully paid gold plated insurance plan, you know that health care costs in the United States have skyrocketed over the last 30 years. The issue, which has been politically charged with recent moves to defeat the Affordable Care Act, is not just about insurance costs. High health insurance premiums simply reflect a complex health care system that has seen little significant structural change to reduce costs or new business models, or to use a favorite word in technology, the perturbation. But we know that technology has caused major disruptions in a host of industries. Health is ripe for innovations that allow this disruption.
At CES 2018, small and large businesses are taking advantage of consumer technology to enable new models and allow people to monitor and manage their health and well-being. Here are our favorites looking to shake up the status quo in many areas.
Sleep is an important factor in maintaining good health, and recent research suggests a lack of sleep. “) Can result in a lot of things, from weight gain to premature aging – in addition to feeling perpetually tired.Portable devices like Fitbit, along with other groups and smartwatches, already have apps to track sleep-based sleep. movement, heart rate, and breathing patterns, but not everyone wants to wear a group to sleep in. The new trend is to use “non-contact” devices that you can place near you or in your bed for monitor and monitor your sleep.
To this end, two new devices take different approaches. Nokia Sleep is a tablet under your mattress that deploys sensors and a mobile app to track your heart rate, your breathing patterns and your snoring algorithms give meaning to the sensor data to give you a sleep score, and e to stimulate how much REM sleep you get. In addition, the device can be integrated with the IFTTT service to integrate it into home automation scenarios, such as raising or lowering thermostats, and turning lights on or off according to your sleep preferences. ;awakening.
SleepScore Max (from the SleepScore Labs start-up) is also a contactless solution, but uses a device that sits on a bedside table and looks a little like a loudspeaker. Bluetooth speaker. The companion app asks some questions about alcohol and caffeine consumption to better understand the variables that can affect sleep. Then the device uses bio motion analysis (similar to the echolocation) to determine the amount and quality of sleep, as well as monitoring environments such as temperature. It aggregates this into a digital sleep score as well as analyzing the quality of sleep and phases. The company also aims to improve sleep habits by organizing and recommending products around lighting, pillows and sound therapy based on the personal sleep data of the individual
The tendency to contact free devices is not limited to sleep monitoring. For couples trying to get pregnant, monitoring fertility and determining the optimal time of the month for conception can be a chore. Current solutions involve patches, bracelets, urinating on sticks, and saliva tests. EarlySense Percept is a device similar to Nokia’s sleep pad, which goes under a mattress and monitors sleep patterns, heart rate and breathing. Coupled with an AI algorithm, it monitors these data, which determines stressors that, over time, are accurate predictors of ovulation cycles. The more the device is used, the more accurate the algorithm becomes and the ability to predict menstrual cycles three months in advance to facilitate planning. The company claims to predict 31 percent more accurate cycles than the typical calendar method that has been used for years, and offers up to a six-day fertility window that indicates the best times to conceive.
To continue the path of women’s empowerment, the portable breast pump Willow could be a revolution for breastfeeding women. babies. Breast pumps are heavy and heavy, and portable solutions have not been good. Willow is a smart breast pump that can be worn under a bra. It is quiet, uses BPA-free, disposable, disposable bags to store pumped milk, and synchronizes with the Willow app to track the volume of breast milk pumped. The bags have one-way valves to ensure safety against contamination. The pump knows when to stop pumping, with the companion app learning from time and volume and detecting breast disappointment. For women who want to breastfeed but who are working, who have other children to take care of and who have busy schedules, this solution makes the benefits of breastfeeding a lot easier over a longer period.
The Laroche-Posay UV Sensor is a battery-free UV sensor that tracks your UV exposure . It communicates with an iOS or Android application via NFC, and is also powered by NFC. This is one of the digital projects emerging from L’Oréal’s technology incubator (yes, the beauty giant). The device measures less than 2 mm wide and 9 mm in diameter and can be glued to the strap of a portable garment. Capable of holding three months of UV exposure data at once, it is reusable and the adhesive can be stuck on most exposed parts of the user. UV exposure can affect aging as well as skin cancer, and few people actually think how long they are exposed or what levels are harmful. This device can shed light on this (pun intended). In the future, I could see the technology embedded in a smartwatch or fitness group, or even hats or clothes.
Vision problems and the need for correction a professional for evaluation. The EyeQue Insight Insight is a set of mobile applications and material viewers that aims to allow people to test their own vision. Although regulations vary from country to country and you still need a prescription in the United States to get contacts or glasses, EyeQue can help you determine if you have a vision problem, if your prescription is correct or if you need a visit.
The application administers the typical vision test typically performed in an office with the help of a viewer that you attach to your smartphone. The company notes that millions of people around the world have easier access to a smartphone than an eye care professional. The solution can therefore help detect vision problems or other people for whom access to a vision test is not easy. proposal. For the elderly, this type of test can also determine the type of reading glasses they may need. Enlarged reading glasses do not require a prescription, and this type of vision test that you can perform as many times as you want, as opposed to once a year or a few years, allows people to monitor their visual health and When
Similar to seeing, people with hearing problems will usually be referred to an audiologist for a test. Again, regulations vary as to which medical devices help with the hearing. In the United States, the FDA recently announced that it would allow people over the age of 18 to sign a waiver that they would not need a medical evaluation to buy a hearing aid. Hearing aids are expensive, partly because of the technology they use, but also because of the audiology channels that they sell. As in glasses, e-commerce capabilities and the ability to provide information and services over the Internet have the ability to reduce business costs.
Eargo is one of many companies that seek to put an end to traditional auditory activity. A well-funded Silicon Valley start-up, it manufactures hearing aids using fibrous materials that offer a unique fit and almost invisible look for the wearer. They are rechargeable and packaged in the same way as high-end audio headphones. Part of their innovation is to have audiologists trained in staff, and a process where the client answers some questions about their hearing problems. Professionals help you determine if you need a hearing aid. The device is already set, charged and ready for use on delivery. Unlike other hearing aids, there is not much to do on Eargo, except for a few adjustments that users can make with simple pressure on the ear. Although designed for mild-to-moderate hearing loss and not for severe cases, Eargo seeks to restore the hearing of a large number of people with reduced complexity and cost.
DiabiLive is a mobile and web-based application that will enable people with diabetes to better monitor and manage their care. There are a number of glucose monitoring devices and solutions, but a difficult aspect of insulin dosage management is activity and caloric intake as well as glycemic levels. The application takes all of these data into account in calculating the right dosage of insulin because the dosage can be difficult to manage. Apart from this, the application has the opportunity to join a community of users around the world, so that others can share their experiences and help each other.
Moving into areas of technology applied to professional medical services, ivWatch is a company that has spent 15 years perfecting a solution to a big problem of infiltrations IV. Intravenous infiltrations and extravasations – intravenous infiltrations to the outside of the veins – can cause moderate to severe problems ranging from infections to phlebitis and tissue necrosis. This is a common problem in people who are under constant IV, especially cancer patients undergoing immunotherapy. Usually, nurses are responsible for monitoring IVs and ensuring that infiltrations are detected early and stopped. The IvWatch device that costs around $ 3,000, uses sensors that use near-infrared light to detect changes in the optical properties of the tissue near the dot. insertion IV. The device is currently undergoing clinical trials and demonstrates a high degree of sensitivity in detecting infiltration. If a problem is detected, he can monitor the nurse so that it is treated early before severe symptoms occur.
Virtual reality continues to advance considering rapid increases in design power of helmets and peripherals. While many of us could think of technology for gaming and immersive entertainment, SimforHealth is a French company that designs immersive VR training solutions in medical training. I had the opportunity to experience the simulation of HTC Vive at CES, and it was enlightening. As part of the simulation, the trainee made an incision on a patient on an operating table, located a vein and placed a catheter in the vein, while using an ultrasound monitor that helps identify the vein. Then I tried it; While the virtual patient was bleeding to death from my clumsy hands, the creators explained to me that the simulation taught the process of the procedure in a realistic, immersive, risk-free way, preparing students for the pressures of life. 39, real environment.
Disease of the Movement
For people who are easily nauseated from motion sickness, Reliefband Technologies provides a means without drugs to get relief. The device is a wristband that users can wear to counter the symptoms of nausea and vomiting due to motion sickness, nausea, chemotherapy and RV activities. The underlying technology is neuromodulation, which has been in existence for 15 years and is endorsed by health professionals. A metallic conductor in the band emits programmed pulses with very specific waveforms, frequency, and intensity to modulate the median nerve on the underside of the wrist. This nerve stimulation uses the body’s natural neural pathways to block the waves of nausea produced by the stomach.
Finally, for something a little different in the welfare department, Oblend makes a device to become the “first dispensary at home in the world. ” The device allows the user to manufacture his own massage oils, culinary oils, herbal additives and dyes. The device is associated with an application that can also recommend recipes. The business model is a bit like a Nespresso machine or Sodastream, where you buy a product that takes an exclusive packaging from the offer. Oblend will sell pod supplies such as oils and herbs for blending, but the client provides cannabis. As 18 states have laws on the details regarding the legality of the CBD, the main ingredient of medical cannabis products, this is perhaps a market ready to go higher.