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Healthcare IT at CES

Posted on January 19, 2012 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

While I definitely had quite a bit of excitement over this year’s CES and Digital Health Summit, I have to admit that I ended up leaving CES a bit disappointed. I’m trying to decide if it being the fifth year I’ve attended CES is making me immune to the hype that surrounds the event or if I’ve just been going to too many conferences in general and so I’ve already heard much of the hype. At the end of the day, I describe this year’s CES as incremental versus trans formative.

There were a few exceptions of things that caught my eye while navigating the CES circus that are worth mentioning.

Ion Proton Genetic Sequencer
Probably the most amazing thing I saw for healthcare was the Life Technologies Ion Proton Genetic Sequencer. Plus, I’m not alone with this feeling. Dan Costa of PC Mag called it “The Coolest Thing I Saw at CES 2012.” To be quite frank, it is pretty amazing. It’s part of the amazing movement happening in bringing genomic data to healthcare.

The Ion Proton Genetic Sequencer (they need a better name) is awesome cause you can do a full genome in a day on a machine that costs about the same as an MRI machine. Plus, I personally think they’re just getting started on optimizing the technology. As they continue to improve the technology the cost of the machine and the time and cost to do the analysis will continue to drop. We still don’t know exactly how to use the genomic data in healthcare, but machines like this are going to make it possible for us to find new ways to use this data for good.

I still can’t help but imagine an EHR having all of our genomic data available to it.

Liquipel
Probably the coolest general technology and innovation that I saw at CES was called Liquipel. Liquipel is a technology that makes your device repel water using a nano coating. The best way to understand how it works is to check out some of the Liquipel videos and I’ll embed one below that gives a nice overview.

Of course, they have the disclaimer that it should never be submerged in water, but it was amazing to see it repel the water and still work. Plus, probably the coolest demonstration they did was with a Kleenex. They’d applied the nano-coating to a Kleenex and then they placed it in water. You’d think it would shrivel up and absorb the water. Nothing. I then asked if I could touch the Kleenex to see if I could feel the coating. Nothing. It felt like a Kleenex.

Many health IT people would love this technology. Then, it wouldn’t be such a concern to put your iPad next to the sink in the exam room. I wonder if the nano technology can do anything with infection control with devices. I imagine it doesn’t solve that issue.

I’m sure many are wondering how they can get their device treated with Liquipel. Right now they said you have to drop it by their office in California to get it done over a lunch or something. However, they’re working with phone manufacturers to get their technology in every phone. Pretty amazing stuff.

John Sculley
Another highlight of CES for me was the chance to hear John Sculley talk at the Digital Health Summit. I can’t say he said anything too groundbreaking. Although, he did say that health IT companies should stop focusing their revenue model on corporate health programs. I found that interesting. The most interesting comment came from colleague Dan Munro after John Sculley’s talk. He commented how interesting it was that so many of these older ex-CIO’s of major tech companies are getting into healthcare. I carried the thought through for Dan that as you age, you start to care about healthcare a lot more than you did when you were younger and healthier. I wonder if we’ll see this trend continue as more tech people get older and start to care more about healthcare.

Healthcare Invades CES – Digital Health Summit

Posted on January 5, 2012 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

I’ve seen this coming over the past couple years of attending CES (Consumer Electronics Show). Yes, one of the real advantages I have of living in Las Vegas is all the amazing conferences that I get to attend. CES is one of those conferences. If you thought HIMSS was big (and it is big), CES blows HIMSS out of the water when it comes to size of conference and particularly absolutely insane over the top booths. Imagine a 50+ foot high video wall with hundreds of TVs bigger than you have in your house and at the center the biggest consumer HD TV on the planet.

I’m happy to admit that about half of my attendance is like going to watch the “circus” that is CES. However, last year I was surprised by the healthcare presence at CES (even an EHR vendor was exhibiting). This year it seems that the healthcare IT section of CES will be even bigger and many of my health IT and EMR friends on Twitter are talking about attending CES including Neil Versel who writes on Meaningful Healthcare IT News.

The real key to the healthcare presence at CES has been what I call a “conference within a conference.” In this case the Digital Health Summit takes place as a sub conference to CES. Yes, that includes 2 days of Digital Health speakers and a whole section of the North Hall (right next to all the insane car tech) that’s devoted to Digital Health. I know the people at Zeo have a sleep lab all set up if you get too tired at CES and need a nap. Plus, I think they’ll be live streaming the sleep data online as well.

Assuming I can rip myself away from all the toys and booth babes that are found at CES, I’ll be tweeting and blogging about some of the stuff I see at CES when it comes to healthcare. You can also follow other health people at CES and the Digital Health Summit on Twitter at the hashtag #digitalhealth (If you haven’t figured this out yet, you can click that link and see stuff on Twitter whether you have a Twitter account or not).

If you’re going to be at CES, let me know and maybe we can try and find each other a midst the mayhem. For those not going to CES, hopefully I can provide you some interesting highlights of the event.