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The potential of wearables in healthcare


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I manage my health with digital tools and I’m not alone. An estimated and growing 69% of consumers and patients are also engaged in monitoring their own healthcare . The interest in personal wellness combined with the proliferation of healthcare ‘wearables’ available to consumer puts us on the cusp of an extraordinary shift in healthcare: Technology enabled patients are empowered to change their lifestyle to prevent or stop chronic disease, and become healthier than ever before. The implications of this on every aspect of the healthcare industry –from delivery and population health to access and cost will be astounding.

But wearable technology is still in its infancy, quite complex and limited in what it can do. The next generation will be intelligent and voice-enabled and go beyond tracking to interacting with and assisting consumers with their healthcare choices, and changing behaviors for the better. Imagine a wearable that could warn you of risks developing, nudge you towards better choices for that day based on your health profile, and keep you engaged in a treatment regime.

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The potential of wearables in healthcare

  1. 1. @DrNic1 Wearable’s Health and Voice The Perfect Storm
  2. 2. Wearable's Health and Voice The Perfect Storm Nick van Terheyden, MD (aka @drnic1) Chief Medical Officer Dell Healthcare and Life Sciences
  3. 3. Confidential Technology has become an integral part of our daily lives…
  4. 4. @DrNic1 2009 Continua Health Alliance Brigitte Piniewski, MD2008 7 0 25 65 Age IllnessPre-Illness Wellness Unpredictable Health Predictable (Rules-based) Health Death 60-80% Lifestyle Modifiable Health
  5. 5. @DrNic1 2008 8 0 25 65 Age IllnessPre-Illness Wellness Death To put it another way…. Fun No Fun 2009 Continua Health Alliance Brigitte Piniewski, MD
  6. 6. @DrNic1 What Are the Solutions? • Patient Centered Healthcare and Monitoring • Increased efficiency of healthcare delivery which includes –Self management –Patient data capture –Home Health and Telemedicine • Improved Personalized Medical Treatment
  7. 7. @DrNic1 Quantified Self • Ubiquitous, low cost, always on sensors • Seamless tracking, minimal friction, no behavior change • Interactive, easy data that influences behavior – Activity and Weight – Heart, Blood Pressure and EKG – Sleep, Mood – Bloods including Glucose – DNA and MicroBiome
  8. 8. @DrNic1
  9. 9. @DrNic1 Wearables on the Path to Bionics Kineseowear – Stick on artificial muscle Ouijiband – Segway for your hand Lalala – noise cancelling listening for life
  10. 10. @DrNic1 NY Times: Technology That Prods You to Take Action, Not Just Collect Data
  11. 11. @DrNic1 Patient engagement & behavior Patients are taking a more active role. They are looking to connect with clinicians in new ways related to their health. With only 12 minutes in the average patient visit, what can physicians do that matters most to patients?
  12. 12. @DrNic1 I’d Never Admit That to My Doctor. But to a Computer? Sure “This is way better than talking to a person” “I don’t really feel comfortable talking about personal stuff to other people”
  13. 13. @DrNic1 The New Age of Wearable Computing • Today, wearable tech is a $700m industry (sports and activity trackers) • Growth is exploding; $3B in 2014 (with new categories representing $2B in sales) • 52% of people polled said they’re aware of wearable, with 1/3 of those saying they’d buy one • One in six consumers currently use wearable tech in their daily lives • Total wearable device shipment volumes will reach 19 million units in 2014, growing to 111.9 million in 2018 • The market (today): 48% of owners are 18-34 years old • The data: when an earthquake of magnitude 6.0 struck NorCal on 8/24 at 3:20am, it shook people awake. Jawbone UP was able to pinpoint the epicenter by looking at UP sleep data, and saw that 45% of people within 15 miles of the epicenter didn’t return to sleep that night.
  14. 14. @DrNic1 Wearables Segments • Fitness / Single-Purpose Head-mounted AR / Glasses • Smartwatch / General-Purpose Head-mounted VR / Fully immersive
  15. 15. @DrNic1 Speech Technology Advantages • Wake up Word; always available with lower power drain • Voice Biometrics; Authentication and customizable experience • Powerful Understanding and Interaction based on Speech and NLP • Cloud Based and Embedded • Deep Meaning – conversation and Direct Access to Functions with Easy Access to Multiple Resources • Text-to-Speech; Expressive, natural sounding and customized
  16. 16. @DrNic1 End to End
  17. 17. @DrNic1 The Quantifiable Health Movement • Today – 69% of American adults track areas of their health in some shape or form – including weight, diet, exercise and symptoms – 21% use digital technology to do this, but set to rise significantly by 2020. – $11B in revenue from 35 million homes using home ‘health’ automation platforms across the globe by 2017*** • Future – Global market for wearables in health and fitness could reach 170 million total devices by 2017* – By 2020, a number of biotechnologies will be available on a nano scale, embedded in devices and as sensors within the human body**
  18. 18. @DrNic1 UI Challenges • High reliance on companion applications means multiple device usage (band+smartphone) during activity • Daily progress, milestones, etc. • Difficult to retrieve information during activities • Food logging still incredibly cumbersome • Lack of visual display requires companion device for reminders • Devices will small screens still face challenges in navigating menu hierarchies
  19. 19. @DrNic1 Speech for Quantifiable Health Uses • Easily input information – Food / meals – Past activities – Untracked sleep • Query information – Current activity stats – Past activity stats – Aggregated snapshots of data • Adherence/reminders – Prescriptions, supplements, others
  20. 20. @DrNic1 Visual Flow Examples ChoiceHome ConfirmationDuration EndStart Activity Log Idle Listening Hints Main ListeningMain Processing
  21. 21. @DrNic1 Humanizing Healthcare Intelligent systems break down technology barriers and ease the shift to the digital age of healthcare. EHR of the Future: Rise of Intelligent Systems
  22. 22. @DrNic1 Closing the Want-vs-Get Gap Intelligent systems adapt to people instead of the other way around and help people get to “the want” faster. EHR of the Future: Rise of Intelligent Systems
  23. 23. @DrNic1 Helping Doctors and Patients Intelligent systems support day-to-day duties of caregivers and empower patients by understanding, learning, anticipating, adapting and making the complexities of technology disappear. EHR of the Future: Rise of Intelligent Systems
  24. 24. Hospitals Health Plans Hospitals Health Plans Do more. Healthcare. Are you ready to… Do more of what’s possible, Do more of what matters, Do more of what brings success?
  25. 25. @DrNic1 Nick van Terheyden, MD CMO, Dell Health and Life Sciences Twitter LinkedIn Voice of the Doctor My Activity AboutMe FaceBook E-Mail, GoogleVoice (301) 355-0877 Questions Where You Can Find Me
  26. 26. Wearable's Health and Voice The Perfect Storm Nick van Terheyden, MD (aka @drnic1) Chief Medical Officer Dell Healthcare and Life Sciences
  27. 27. Thank you