In the midst of a pandemic, the major annual tech show focuses on tools that facilitate remote patient monitoring.
Digital health takes center stage at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). As the pandemic has exploded the use of remote medical services, the large annual tech show, which begins Monday January 11 in Las Vegas virtually, will highlight a whole series of tools to facilitate consultations online or over the phone. All kinds of new biomedical sensors and devices will also be presented to help patients avoid sometimes crowded waiting rooms.
Demand for telemedicine services is expected to increase 64% in the United States, according to researchers at Frost & Sullivan, further increasing the need for convenient and efficient communication platforms and medical devices in the home. “We have learned that spending time in waiting rooms with other sick patients can be problematic and people are looking for other ways to seek treatment.», Remarks Samir Qamar, general practitioner and creator of MedWand, a tool allowing the patient to take his own blood pressure, temperature, blood pressure, etc., and to transmit the results directly via the computer. It should be launched within the year.
Tools used at home
The pandemic has shown the gaps in technology, such as the fact that some patients simply do not have access to the internet, underlines Samir Qamar, who is due to speak at CES. “One of the big problems is the difficulty of viewing patients remotely“, He also told AFP. Many companies have entered the niche to develop tools that can be used in the home, such as stethoscopes, otoscopes for examining the ears, blood pressure monitors and oximeters. But they have yet to demonstrate that they are highly precise in gaining regulatory approval, notes Samir Qamar.
Other devices on display at CES include tools to monitor the health of elderly people living alone at home or wearable devices, such as a bracelet, to detect the first signs of illness.
Disinfectant robots at work
Work life is not left out with smart thermometers, air purifiers or disinfectant robots. “Somewhat crazy devices like personal air purifiers, which would have been looked down upon last year, are going to be observed with much more interest this year.Said Richard Windsor, a technology analyst who maintains the Radio Free Mobile blog.
Another essential element for remote medical care: the monitoring of health data and the use of analysis tools to better understand the risks, whether it is Covid-19 or other diseases, notes Bettina Experton, CEO of digital health platform Humetrix, longtime CES exhibitor.
If more patients are turning to telemedicine, “the doctor may never have seen the patient before», She emphasizes. “It is therefore essential to have access to your medical file.His company has developed various mobile applications that allow patient data to be shared with a single click. The platform, accessible to individuals and insurers, also uses artificial intelligence to help assess the risks of patients, those affected by the coronavirus for example.
Detect early signs of disease
Axion Research, a Tokyo-based company, will in the same vein present at CES a system to detect the early signs of certain diseases such as cancer or Alzheimer’s thanks to an artificial intelligence system “mapping»The state of health of patients.
Another trend: the use of tools initially more intended for the maintenance of the form for the medical field, notes Robin Murdoch of the firm Accenture, which follows the show. “Now we have smartwatches and other devices that monitor your pulse, blood oxygen levels, and other measurements, and provide loads of data.Can be used by doctors, he points out.