Health takes center stage at CES 2021 as the tech industry transforms homes into smart wellness havens.
A number of companies are rolling out medical-grade technologies for the home this year at CES. From the iSyncWave headset, which detects early signs of neurological disorders, to Toto’s Wellness Toilet, which turns a bathroom break into a daily check-up, companies have identified the growing need for remote healthcare and are investing in technology that allows consumers to take charge of their own health.
Philips presented its portfolio of remote health technologies, including the Patient Monitoring Kit designed for critical care patients, the BX100 Wearable Biosensor that monitors chronic conditions and the debut of the Sonicare 9900 Prestige AI toothbrush for everyday oral hygiene upkeep.
Noting that health is at the forefront of consumer’s minds and that the pandemic has shifted major activities to the home, Deeptha Khanna, chief business leader of personal health at Philips, foresees a permanent shift to home technology that aids people in self-navigating a spectrum of health issues outside of hospitals. “We have witnessed the reinvention of our homes as a core element of the healthcare pathway with telehealth, virtual and remote care technologies as the key drivers for change during COVID-19,” Khanna says. “And these changes are here to stay.”
Omron Healthcare introduced its first clinical home-kit, VitalSight, which allows patients to monitor their blood pressure remotely and automatically shares results with physicians for instant updates. And HealthyU by HD Medical is a home device that monitors seven different health metrics including blood pressure, lung sounds and respiratory rate.
It’s not just vital monitoring—downtime is also getting a health upgrade at CES this year. Tatch wants to help people sleep smarter with its sensor patches, which measure sleeping patterns including movement, oxygen level and restfulness, and then connect the user with virtual sleep specialists to offer personalized feedback and recommendations. The New York-based startup raised $4.25 million in June 2020 to develop the smart patch, which is not available yet for commercial purchase.
Attitudes towards personal health and wellbeing have shifted significantly since the onset of the pandemic. According to a summer 2020 study by GSK Consumer Healthcare and Ipsos, 65% of Europeans are more likely to make everyday decisions based on their health, while 75% consider it important to take health matters into their own hands to relieve pressure on healthcare systems.
In the health space especially, “digital innovation accelerated by COVID is a reality—and it’s no more a nice-to-have, but a must-have feature,” Krishna Cheriath, VP & Head of Digital, Data & Analytics at Zoetis and adjunct faculty at Carnegie Mellon, said in a CES spotlight session titled “Fast-tracking the digital health revolution.” As the evolution continues, expect to see more innovation around health tech for the home.