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Parks Associates: 17% of U.S. Broadband Households Interested in Purchasing an Independent Living System
[August 22, 2018]

Parks Associates: 17% of U.S. Broadband Households Interested in Purchasing an Independent Living System

DALLAS, Aug. 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Research from Parks Associates reports 17% of U.S. broadband households are interested in purchasing a system that would help them live independently as they age. Parks Associates will examine the market for connected health during "Independent Living and Wellness: A Growing Opportunity," pre-show workshop for Connected Health Summit, August 28.

Workshop speakers:

  • Timo Aittokoski, Chief Scientist, Emfit
  • Rob Flippo, CEO, MobileHelp
  • Geoff Gross, Founder & CEO, Medical Guardian
  • Hudson Harris, Chief Engagement Officer, HarrisLogic
  • Robert Havasy, Senior Director, Health Information Systems, Personal Connected Health Alliance
  • Matt Jones, Senior Product Manager, Data Science, Validic
  • Chris Nicholson, Co-founder & CEO, mPulse Mobile
  • Jeff Patton, GM Connected Home Products, GE Lighting
  • Roy Raymann, PhD, Resident Sleep Expert & VP, Sleep Science & Scientific Affairs, SleepScore Labs
  • Michael Wu, VP, GM, SleepIQ LABS, SleepNumber

"Sleep is the foundation we all need for good health," Aittokoski said. "Whether an athlete looking to maximize performance, a caregiver concerned about a loved one late at night, or the 'average' person who wants to feel the best they can during the day, understanding sleep patterns is the first step in making smart choices that affect wellness."

"The increase in consumer healthcre spending has spurred the development of new digital and mobile technologies that allow patients to take greater control their own health," Flippo said. "From an influx of connected wearable and voice-responsive solutions, patient-driven healthcare is exploding in the marketplace and bringing real promise to long-term health management."

"It's an honor to speak on the 'Independent Living and Wellness: A Growing Opportunity' workshop at Connected Health Summit," Gross said. "There are more innovative products, services, and technologies today than ever before that are helping older adults safely age in place, as well as enable smarter caregiving. At Medical Guardian, we're proud to help people take the next chapter of their life—head-on—as a leading medical alert provider in the country."

"Behavioral health is in the early days of a revolution," Harris said. "The number of providers is on the decline, yet demand is skyrocketing. Only through dramatic expansion of connected health services can we hope to provide high-quality care to the people that need it, when they need it."

"With a growing aging population, it's becoming imperative that we leverage connected health technologies to care for citizens of all ages," Havasy said. "I'm pleased to be a part of the discussion at this workshop, to share insights into how we make technology work for people who need it, where and when they need it most."

"With the number of new technologies centralized around health, there are many ways for consumers to engage in better health. Some of these tech solutions and innovations also pair with other solutions for even more robust outcomes and opportunities," Patton said. "If a consumer is going to enhance their health and wellness, it has to be simple, and today there are multiple solutions that are as easy as screwing in a light bulb."

"Sleep tracking is only the beginning of the sleep improvement process," Raymann said. "The essential next step is to connect the consumer with evidence based sleep products that help them to achieve their personal sleep goals."

About Connected Health Summit: Engaging Consumers

Connected Health Summit analyzes the role of connected health solutions in driving changes in consumer behaviors, healthcare systems, insurers, and hospital networks. Registration is open at

Julia Homier
Parks Associates

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