Tech Transforming Health and Medicine: The Year Ahead

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0000-0002-0702-7236Each January, members of the technology industry from around the world travel to Las Vegas, a resort city in the middle of the Mojave Desert, to take part in the world’s largest technology convention, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The show itself has existed for over a half century (the first was held in 1967) and has grown to be a focal point for the technology industry, an annual stage for established brands like Samsung and Intel to present their newest products while startups look to prove themselves to investors and the media. As early as 2009 when Fitbit was awarded a CES Innovation Award and the Digital Health Summit side event was introduced, health and fitness have occupied a growing presence at CES. Originally dominated by consumer-facing brands marketing fitness devices to the general public, recent conferences have seen an increased and more visible presence from the medical and healthcare communities, from hospital systems and insurance companies to traditional medical device manufacturers and clinically-oriented software startups. CES 2018 saw the further convergence of consumer-facing health and fitness technology with both the medical community and the broader consumer technology industry through events like the Disruptive Innovations in Healthcare side event and the multi-day Digital Health Summit.

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Tech Transforming Health and Medicine: The Year Ahead