The Consumer Electronics Show for 2019, also known as CES 2019, is normally associated with consumer retail electronics. The general public look to CES to get news about the latest model television, or the cameras that are coming to stores soon. But there’s an important component to CES that many people overlook, and that’s healthcare.
As we transition to more advanced technology, that allows for patient-centric care at home, the virtual hospital concept will gain more attention and traction as it becomes the center of the healthcare internet of things. What did the CES 2019 digital health summit show us about how we can expect technology to keep us healthier?
The Smart Home Is Part Of The Revolution
The “Internet of Things” is about embedding different devices with computers and Internet connectivity. On the one hand, this can entail features that some people may think frivolous, such as using an Internet-connected camera to check the fridge to see if you’re out of milk.
On the other hand, IoT devices strategically installed in a home can make the virtual hospital concept more convenient, especially for the elderly. Voice-activated devices, for example, make some home devices more accessible, granting more independence and convenience for the elderly with mobility problems, or the disabled. If this is tied into other smart functions, such as medical devices, or camera systems, a comprehensive network of medical supervision and coverage allows for more people to be treated at home, rather than in the hospital.
Wearables Continue To Grow
We’re already seeing the steady integration of “wearable tech” with devices like smartwatches, and Fitbit that help people with wellness concerns track their exercise activity. This, however, is just the start. For people to get top-quality medical treatment at home, wearable tech is getting pushed in new directions, not just for proactive health.
Some of the devices that formally required large, console-like configurations in a hospital have reduced to more portable versions that can easily fit in a home. Wearable medical tech is part of this continued push to take large, bulky but necessary medical hardware and put it in homes.
Data Is Valuable For A Virtual Hospital
And finally, data, especially medical data, continues to lay an important foundation for medical treatment. Different portable devices, AI and Machine Learning, as well as other automated processes, are crucial in gathering medical data directly from the patient. But other data can be equally important, like a patient’s existing medical records, which can be collated and combined with newly acquired medical data for faster, better diagnoses.