Are you ready for the connected health revolution?

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By Rich Scarfo

What are some of the most pressing issues facing the personal connected health market? What challenges are healthcare providers facing in care delivery? As our population ages, how are individuals going to meet their health and wellness goals?

Furthermore, how can we work together to advance the market, drive widespread adoption of personal connected health and make health an effortless part of everyday life?

From start to finish, the 2017 Connected Health Conference will be addressing these challenges, presenting visionary ideas from key thought leaders and unveiling the latest innovations and newest technologies that will drive the market. It is imperative that we learn from each other, share best practices and establish collaborations in order to disrupt care delivery and the future of health and wellness. How will the industry's biggest thought leaders contribute to this discussion?

Healthcare providers on the front lines will be sharing how they are successfully integrating connected health innovations into care delivery, including remote monitoring for chronic disease management, patient-generated data and behavioral health.

Researchers on the cutting-edge of innovation will discuss the latest innovations and applications of personal connected health, from digital health solutions and virtual reality to remote monitoring and personal health tracking, as well as how they are working to validate these tools.

Health tech developers will explore new and exciting opportunities for applying personal health technology, such as artificial intelligence, voice-activated devices and even automated toys to help individuals better manage their own health and wellness throughout the lifecycle.

Healthcare executives will challenge, motivate and inspire us all to create and integrate connected health technologies to improve efficiencies and clinical outcomes while reducing costs and, importantly, maintaining the highest levels of patient care.

The market is ready to embrace personal connected health tools, and there is an urgent need to accelerate the adoption of technology-enabled health and wellness. We are already seeing evidence that personal health technologies – from smartphones, health apps, wearable sensors and remote monitoring devices – are already changing the way we think about our health and deliver care and even avoid illness. Major trends that are driving this revolution include more sophisticated mobile and wireless technology, enhanced IT infrastructure, human-centered design, big data, cognitive computing, interoperability and the Internet of Things. The consumerization of health, increased interest in disease prevention and health promotion, and precision medicine advances represent real-world opportunities for technology to transform health individually and collectively.

In fact, recent research findings fully support the value and adoption of connected health technologies. For example, a 2015 survey by IPSOS reported that the number of U.S. adults who are currently using a connected health device or tool to help manage their health has more than doubled, to 21 percent. Nearly 40 percent of U.S. adults surveyed believe that connected health devices will be a part of their treatment plans in the future.

Physicians also reported that they are open to using patient-generated data from activity trackers, sensors and other personal health devices to inform diagnostic decisions. In addition, more than 40 percent of doctors surveyed strongly agree that remote monitoring for chronic conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and hypertension, can reduce unnecessary emergency department visits.
We invite you to join this revolution, realize the opportunities and, together, build the future of personal connected health.
Access more information about the 2017 Connected Health Conference here