The future is healthy: CES panelists talk connected care

CNET | 1/9/2018 | Laura Hautala
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Left to right: Panel moderators Brian Cooley and Lindsey Turrentine of CNET sit next to Ian Tong, chief medical officer at Doctor on Demand; David Rhew, chief medical officer and head of health care and fitness at Samsung Electronics America; Paul Sterling, vice president of emerging products at UnitedHealthcare; Eri Gentry, researcher at the Institute for the Future; and Brooke Basinger, technical lead in ophthalmic hardware at Verily.

At CES 2018, it's clear technology is expanding health care beyond the doctor's office. A world of connected devices can track your vital signs, take an EKG or monitor your exposure to UV rays. That data might lead to guidance for patients trying to build up healthy habits, or to insights that help doctors do their jobs.

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But there's such a thing as too much information, and that was the biggest concern experts raised at a Tuesday panel on connected health care, moderated by CNET. Too much data could become a distraction in a field that's crunched for time and resources.

"It helps me if the data isn't overwhelming me," said Ian Tong, the chief medical officer at Doctors on Demand, a service that provides appointments with doctors over video. "It has to be in context and it has to be useful."

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What's more, handing raw data to doctors isn't always going to be the best use of the information collected by wearable health devices.

"You can capture insights that aren't necessarily medically relevant yet," said Eri Gentry, a researcher at nonprofit research group the Institute for the Future, adding that smart homes and connected cars...
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