Our recap of CES 2014 and the Digital Health Summit:
On the plane ride home from CES 2014, we reflected on this year’s big surprise. It wasn’t a TV (sorry, Samsung), but the massive expansion of the health and fitness section. Not only were there exponentially more booths than last year, but health and fitness was easily one of the most crowded spaces, ranking up there with driverless cars.
With so much innovation in wearable health devices, it’s easy to see where established players and new startups are placing bets. The fact is, the healthcare landscape is shifting at breakneck pace in response to, and anticipation of, changing customer needs, government regulations, and technological advancements. Increasingly, patients are partnering with doctors to manage their health, motivated not just by their wellbeing, but financial incentives. The era of understanding and managing your own health is here, and the innovation is happening. It’s now down to the discipline of designing with people to create the solutions they really need. If we can do this—whether we're deriving meaning from data, connecting patients and doctors, or empowering people to take better care of themselves—we’ll all be better off. It’s about our health, after all.
Instead of creating yet another list of the best health and fitness gadgets at CES 2014, we looked at the trends shaping the healthcare revolution, from regulatory changes to patient and doctor needs. Here’s what we learned.
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