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2017 has been keeping pace with what was an incredibly exhilarating year for health tech innovation in 2016. The Consumer Electronics Show (CES), held in Las Vegas at the start of the year, demonstrated new technologies that have the ability to impact health and wellness in ways that a few years ago we would deem unimaginable at their annual trade show. Themes like big data, analytics and mobile gadgets, which have been prevalent for the past few years, are beginning to gain traction in areas such as vision, dermatology and biometric tracking. Here are four areas in healthtech that will make lots of waves in 2017.


Biometric Tracking – Monitoring the status of your personal health is all the rage these days. Wearables like Fitbit allow the constant monitoring of biometric data like heart rate, blood pressure, calories burned, steps walked, etc. and is designed to fit seamlessly on your body, like on your wrist. However, as technology continuously improves there will always be changing needs and adaptations that need to take place. Similar to smart phones, which now integrate the use of applications to perform any sort of task from the touch of a button, Bodytrak is an earpiece designed to be used as a phone, portable music player and tracker of biometric data such as body temperature, heart rate, breath rate and other metrics in real-time.


Dermatology – The skin is the largest organ in our body. Taking great care of your skin is vitally important since it serves important physiological functions like protecting your internal organs, acting as a temperature barrier between your body and the environment, and shielding you from harmful rays that damage your body. Beyond physiological functions, your skin reacts to your mood and stress levels, and as a result, can be damaged from neglect. Innovations like S-Skin seek to provide real-time data on the health of your skin and offer remedies or solutions to improve its color, tone, hydration, etc. by use of a patch.


Blindness – Visual impairment is a disability that impacts 1M people in the U.S and nearly 285M people worldwide. Having the ability to see and recognize your surroundings is one of the strongest senses that we have as human beings and so innovations to aide those in need has recently gained some traction. Aira is a medtech startup that services “smart glasses” to blind patients so that an agent will be able to guide them through any environmental scenario, as the guide will be able to “see” what the blind patient sees in real-time and guide him/her through any environmental situation.


Discreet wearables – Wearables was mentioned in the first section as innovative ways to gather biometric data to measure your health activity. However, in the past few wearables have mostly come in the form of watches or applications on your mobile device that collects data. Consumer feedback suggests that wearables are definitely in demand but that ergonomics can definitely be improved. As a result, new technologies are being developed like Motiv’s fitness rings or Qardio’s patches that are smaller in size, more subtle, less bulky and don’t physically appear to be too distracting or out of place.

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