Another Cool Slide Deck from AARP this one on Cool Tech for the 50+ market covering a wide array of innovative technologies that are looking to help with a wide variety of health & wellness challenges that are faced by this market in particular. These vendors attended the AARP Health Innovation 50+ Tech Expo in Atlanta last year and this deck was a short but good summary of that show.
AARP has segmented these innovations into 9 different areas of Health including: Medication Management, Aging with Vitality, Vital Sign Monitoring, Care Navigation, Emergency Detection/Response, Physical Fitness, Diet & Nutrition, Social Engagement and Behavioural and Emotional Health.
I thought this was a great overview of the Digital Health market to share that comes from the StartUp Health Division of AARP. They give specific consideration to the 50+ market. The US considers this an important market. I don’t yet see the same consideration in the Canadian Market; hopefully that will change very soon.
This report highlights the encouraging rise in health innovation among a growing population with increased medical needs. Nine Health Innovation frontiers are highlighted including Emergency Detection/Response, Aging with Vitality, Vital Sign Monitoring, Medication Management, Social Engagement, Navigating the Health Care System, Behavioural and Emotional Health, Physical Fitness and Nutrition & Diet
This is what Mobi Health News had to say generally about health & fitness trackers in a summary they did after the CES show in January
“The tracker itself — wearing it, checking it, showing it off to your friends, sharing the data on social media — is all part of what makes it work as a behavior change device. It’s physicality fuels an experience that people find motivating. People look down at their wrist and think “How much have I moved today?”
And..apparently a fashion statement…
“Similarly, fitness bands are starting to be seen as a fashion accessory, not in spite of their fitness functionality but because of it. In the 21st Century, it’s trendy to be techy, and people are proud that they’re taking steps to be more active.”
What ever motivation we need that gets us to the gym is not such a bad thing
Read the article in Mobi Health News
Check out 2 versions of the FitBit on this site the Flex and the Force
The potential for Google Glass for mHealth
There’s been some fairly skeptical or sensational (or both) reports in the media after Google first released information about Google Glass. However, potential uses of this technology are starting to rise to the top. This week, Global News offered up a good (short) article & video on the potential for using Google’s wearable technology – Google Glass as part of mHealth or the mobile health movement. Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital is cautiously moving forward while ensuring privacy is not compromised. The Goal or the Idea of enabling an expert to attend (virtually) in the room from anywhere in the world providing advice during suergery holds a lot of promise for everyone.
Read the article here and link to the video: