Along with the rapid growth in wearable Health Tech devices, there has been a parallel growth in the conferences and exhibitions devoted to this and related markets. One worthy of note is the Connected Health Summit to be hosted by the industry research firm, Parks Associates. The event is scheduled for September 9 and 10 in San Diego, CA. The conference will focus on the shift in consumer behaviors and attitudes about healthcare, moving from a passive acceptance to a more active participation in health monitoring and treatment decisions.
Wearable Health Tech devices play a major role in this shift. According to Parks, one out of 20 U.S. households with broadband Internet service use a smartwatch with health and fitness tracking functions. The firm estimates that connected wellness and personal health products and services will produce more than $8 billion in revenues by 2018. The conference will also include information about mobile health (mHealth) and the impact of healthcare reforms on the industry. Speakers at the event include representatives from Qaulcomm Life, Walgreens, Humana Wellness, AARP, the American Heart Association, and Runkeeper, as well as dozens of other industry leaders.
It’s clearly impossible to attend all the events covering wearable Health Tech and related topics, but conferences like these are an excellent way to hear the latest developments in different areas and to make contact with key players in the industry.