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Year after year, the International Consumer Electronics Show provides a glimpse of technological innovations soon to hit the market. It also lets healthcare providers preview the new devices patients will be using and possibly incorporating into their health regimens.
This year's show in Las Vegas was no different. Between wearable healthcare devices, cars and other cool tech gadgets, the showroom floor had something to interest people of all ages. Wearable technologies were again one of the biggest hits with the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) crowd. Consumers use these devices to track and manage aspects of their health through an application.
CES honored several companies with innovation awards. One recipient of a Best of Innovation Award was iHealth Align, which earned recognition for its mobile glucometer. The product, which lets users perform a blood glucose test, plugs into smartphones so they can view and track their results.
Another innovation winner was the Sproutling baby monitor, a wearable band that goes on a baby's ankle and contains sensors that monitor the baby's heart rate, skin temperature, sleep and other activities. The company says the app has the ability to learn and predict a baby's sleep habits and determine optimal sleep conditions.
Capturing biometric data is something many innovators see as a major trend that can be profitable for them and beneficial for public health. Bragi received an innovation award for a product called The Dash, a pair of wireless ear buds that also capture biometric data.
Such innovations continue to present consumers with new technologies they can use to track fitness and health data. Physicians are likely evaluating these tools and either directing them to their patients or requesting some of the data to inform their treatment options. Either way, wearable healthcare technology has reached a point where hospitals and physicians have to consider if they can use data captured by these devices and integrate it into a patient's chart.
About the author:
Reda Chouffani is vice president of development at Biz Technology Solutions Inc., which provides software design, development and deployment services for the healthcare industry. Let us know what you think about the story; email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact @SearchHealthIT on Twitter.
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