CES 2012: How Will New Innovations Impact Health Care?

The 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was deemed a success in all areas of technologic advancement, especially within the health sector via the Digital Health Summit.

The 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was deemed a success in all areas of technologic advancement, especially within the health sector via the Digital Health Summit.

This year’s gathering was deemed “the largest in the event's 44 year history” with over 3,100 exhibitors and 153,000 attendees, according to the CES website. Further, more than 20,000 new products were launched at this year’s convention from countless global companies, such as Apple and Zeo.

This CES yielded hot technological innovations included the introduction of dozens of ultrabooks, Android 4.0 tablets, and the newest updates for smartphones and 3D printers.

See the CES Press Release

The Digital Health Summit is a conference and exhibition at the 2012 International CES which focuses on the market of digital health and wellness devices, applications, and services.

At the Digital Health Summit, buzz-worthy healthcare related products included new apps for smartphones—such as diabetes managements apps—and the Basis Band, which is a heart rate monitor that appears and is worn like a watch, allowing for continuous monitoring.

A big splash was made by the Doctor in Your Car feature, which is to be developed by Ford and Microsoft in the spring as a method of keeping a traveler’s health up to snuff.

Doctor in Your Car Press Release

Some products presented at the CES could make a very large impact on the healthcare world in the next year, such as the XTI-Mobile Active-Shield nanocoating, which is a glaze that can be added to any surface pre- or post-production in order to cut down on the transference of germs.

“The binderless XTI-solution includes only ultra-pure water (99.5%) and titanium-dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles making it GREEN and SAFE for consumers,” said a Gadget press release.

See the Gadget Press Release

Another product that is generating conversation is the Ion Proton Genetic Sequencer from Life Technologies. “By the end of the year, it will be able to sequence an entire human genome for about $1,000 in a few hours,” said an article from Forbes.

This technology could alter the future of prescriptions and how physicians approach difficult to treat conditions. “Being able to tailor drug therapies with surgical precision and much higher efficacy will have profound effects on major diseases like cancer, autism, diabetes and hypertension,” the article continued.

Read the Forbes Press Review on the Ion Proton Genetic Sequencer

The Digital Health Summit at the 2012 CES focused on the “booming market of consumer-based health and wellness innovations that sit at the convergence of technology and healthcare,” said the DHS website. It continued with, “today’s generation of high-tech healthcare products and services will be the catalyst for better managed healthcare, patient/doctor communication, shorter hospital stays and faster recovery time, lowered costs for health insurance, early prevention and detection, digital patient information records, medical attention over distances, and so much more.”

Visit the Digital Health Summit website