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Parks Associates: 19% of Households Own Two or More Connected Health Devices
[August 13, 2018]

Parks Associates: 19% of Households Own Two or More Connected Health Devices

DALLAS, Aug. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- New Parks Associates research shows 19% of U.S. broadband households now own two or more connected health devices, a modest increase from 16% in mid-2017. Parks Associates will host Connected Health Summit: Engaging Consumers, August 28-30 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego.

"Among connected fitness device owners who no longer use their device, a third say they lost interest," said Kristen Hanich, Research Analyst, Parks Associates. "Keeping users engaged in their health is a key challenge that device makers must face. In our research, we've seen device makers succeed using two very different strategies – making their devices so seamlessly intertwined with their users' lives that they are frictionless and almost invisible, and adding more advanced functionality that goes beyond basic monitoring and tracking."

The session "Consumer Devices: Expanding into Healthcare Use Cases," 10:45 a.m. on August 29, looks at strategies for the consumer device players entering the connected healthcare space. Speakers:

  • Sam Ahn, Senior Manager, Healthcare, Samsung Electronics America
  • Terry Duesterhoeft, President & CEO, A&D Company – Americas
  • Harish Kilaru, Director, Business Development, ardiogram
  • Joe Liu, CEO, Mivatek Smart Connect
  • Rob Schneider, VP, Sales and Marketing, Omron Healthcare
  • Doug Wolfgram, CTO, CareSpan International

"Today's older adult is not the same as the senior of the past," Ahn said.

"As we look to address the many challenging issues in healthcare today, one of our most powerful tools is the sharing and contextualization of information," Duesterhoeft said. "Examining the technology changes that are occurring and how they can reshape the way providers care for their patients and individuals care for their specific conditions gives immense insight into how to evolve our care systems going forward."

"It's important for patients with chronic conditions, like diabetes and hypertension, to catch and manage their condition early in order to prevent costly complications, but they often remain undiagnosed," Kilaru said. "Consumer wearables, like Apple Watch, can be used to accurately detect these conditions, making them powerful tools to help guide at-risk patients to the care they need."

"Without question, one of the prime drivers in the connected health space continues to be the aging-in-place trend," Liu said. "Studies show that even if they need day-to-day assistance or ongoing health care during retirement, upwards of 82 percent of seniors want to stay in their homes in their golden years. But it means being able to do it safely and independently. For those seniors who are in good shape and just want to have peace of mind connecting via Video-IoT to their families, concierge, caregiver, or first responder in the event of an emergency, there are a wealth of new solutions in the connected health space to help them achieve these goals."

"At Omron Healthcare, a leader in home health technologies, we're continuing to see a rise in consumer interest of connected devices," Schneider said. "Connected healthcare technology is now a vital component for developing proactive healthcare plans and fostering patient-doctor dialogue. It's a key part of how we are working towards our mission of Going for Zero heart attacks and strokes – creating more preventative heart health solutions and improving the patient experience."

Registration is open, and media are invited to attend. Contact Julia Homier at, 972-996-0214.

About Connected Health Summit

Connected Health Summit: Engaging Consumers analyzes the role of innovative connected health solutions in driving changes in consumer behaviors as well as healthcare systems, insurers, and hospital networks.

Julia Homier
Parks Associates

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