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MobiHealthNews 01/11/2019

Consumer Health Data Dominated CES 2019

CES 2019 is in its waning days, and with its end comes a time for reflection. This year’s consumer tech expo boasted no shortage of health and wellness products on display, ranging from novel ECG-equipped wearables to novel approaches to skin care.

Meanwhile, the Digital Health Summit — CES’ sub-event focused exclusively on health technology — celebrated its tenth year at the show with two full days of on-stage roundtables and interviews discussing hospital at home technologydigital therapeutics, healthcare consumerization, mental health management, voice technology and plenty more of the biggest movements poised to impact health technology.

But regardless of whether a discussion was being held by executives on the main stage or between vendors in the expo hall, it was never very long before many of the year’s conversations would turn to the subject of data’s role in healthcare technology.

“We’re going to see about a 1,600-fold increase in data over the next decade, and [we’ve started] to think about what would it mean to really harness this information that’s coming from the clinic, that’s coming from home, that’s coming remotely. And I think even the definition of health data is going to change over the next decade,” Dr. Jess Mega, chief medical and scientific officer at Verily, said during a Digital Health Summit roundtable discussion. “[In healthcare], anything we do, whether it’s a new medication, device, digital therapeutic, we have to prove efficacy and safety. And if we can harness real-world health data — and the 21st Centuries Cure Act is telling us we have to do this — if we harness real-world data, I think we start unlocking innovation.”

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