The new edition of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the most important exhibition dedicated to consumer technological innovation, ended in Las Vegas at the start of the year. The opportunity to confirm that since Covid-19, the health sector has always been at the forefront of innovation.
On the occasion of this 53e edition, more than 2,500 exhibitors from 174 countries traveled to California, to Las Vegas. A show with a global reach where, with 170 start-ups, France will have had the most represented delegation. This year, the theme entitled “Technology for a better future”, saw the healthcare and automotive sectors being the most inspired. Among health innovations, two major categories of uses are emerging and all relate to medical devices.
Telemedicine, the future of health?
Telemedicine is the most affected by these new technologies and has demonstrated its innovative aspect for several years. The i-Virtual company, based in Metz, offers Caducy, an innovation allowing to measure 6 vital parameters with a simple 30-second video taken in selfie with a mobile phone. Thus, thanks to non-contact photoplethysmographic technology, the non-invasive medical device is able to assess heart rate by detecting variations in microvascular blood volume in tissues. Similarly, in order to perceive the respiratory rhythm, Caducy analyzes the movements of the rib cage. Then, to measure oxygen saturation and blood pressure, the innovation uses pulse signals combined with an artificial intelligence that compiles all the data.
A Lorraine company is developing an application that measures 6 vital parameters with a simple 30-second selfie video
The company Aevice, for its part, offers a portable stethoscope powered by artificial intelligence and equipped with a sensor that continuously measures respiratory and heart rates in order to identify any abnormal breathing at the first signs. This sensor will thus provide significant help to all people with chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma. Alerts will be sent to medical professionals who will also be able to view all the patient’s cardiopulmonary data. Clinical decisions can then be made more quickly.
The elderly: a new target for health innovations
A second category of innovations is emerging, this time aimed at the elderly. The company CarePredict offers a Tempo connected bracelet, which monitors the evolution of the state of health and the degree of activity in order to warn the entourage of any change observed. A technology capable of transmitting vital data such as heart rate, blood pressure or weight. The tool also makes it possible to detect food or hygiene needs and to locate the room in which the person is located. As for the company Indiennov, it is developing a belt intended to cushion falls. This identifies the signs and movements preceding a fall in order to activate an airbag and thus avoid a fracture, which is often a precursor to a deterioration in the state of health of the elderly.
At the heart of all attention during the health crisis, health is now a promising sector towards which innovations, whether in avant-garde technologies, telemedicine, artificial intelligence or other new applications, are converging. to improve medical monitoring and user safety.