CES: The intersection of healthcare and technology

Technology has changed the healthcare landscape, with advancements made in digital health every day. At CES – the global stage for the latest consumer products – we saw ground-breaking products tackling the industry’s most pressing challenges and making strides toward a healthier world.
At the Digital Health Summit, we heard insightful conversations around what’s possible when technology and healthcare converge.

At this year’s show, we set up our booth inside Eureka Park to show how our materials are shaping the future of these technologies. One way is through the Embr Wave – an intelligent bracelet that helps the wearer feel cooler or warmer by 5 degrees in just a few minutes. Developed by Embr Labs, this wellness wearable features an interface that is injection molded from Makrolon® 2407 polycarbonate. Check out how the Embr Wave hacks the way people feel temperature here.

Two other wellness applications that incorporate thermal management caught our attention:

  • An increased use of digital devices causes us to blink less and, in turn, keeps our eyes from hydrating with natural oils as frequently. The Umay Rest® utilizes thermal therapy to relieve stress, relax the mind and restore the natural function of our eyes.
  • The Moona smart system regulates the temperature of your pillow to improve sleep quality – cooling down when you are ready to fall asleep and increasing the temperature to wake you up.

The impact of digital health went beyond the show floor to the conference stage. Several speakers focused on the important role of artificial intelligence, augmented reality (AR), virtual reality and other technologies in healthcare. For example, Christopher Morley, co-founder of MediVis, explained how the company utilizes AR on a 5G network to help surgeons review anatomical information on patients who are undergoing surgery.

During CES, our team also attended the Digital Health Summit. Here’s a recap of the many ways technology is advancing medicine, healthcare and wellness:

  • The event started off with a conversation around how home health can help patients maximize their odds for regaining their health.
  • Steven LeBoeuf, president and co-founder of Valencell, made a strong case for hearables. Next-gen hearing aids provide real-time biometrics and utilize artificial intelligence, integrated voice enhancements and fall detection.
  • Innovators from Ageless Innovation – Joy for All, Dthera Sciences, Seniorlink and Embodied Labs are using technology to treat and manage Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Joel Goldsmith, senior director, digital platforms, diabetes care, Abbott, shared how body-worn sensors and connected devices are revolutionizing diabetes management.
  • Geoffrey Starr, partner at Cooley LLP, discussed how money is being invested in digital health. For example, an app from Propeller Health syncs with its inhaler sensor to provide users insight into the cause behind their asthma or COPD symptoms.
  • Sleep health was another hot topic. Shelly Ibach, president and CEO of Sleep Number Corporation, shared how a bed can use biometrics and continuous monitoring to adjust itself – providing users with the most restful sleep.
  • Experts from Nevro, Boston Scientific Neuromodulation, Abbott and Medtronic talked about the opioid crisis and addressed a safe solution to pain treatment through Neuromodulation.

It’s inspiring to see what happens when healthcare and technology converge. We look forward to continuing to work with healthcare OEMs and designers to create impactful applications.

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