Every year Bluetooth Smart brings together some of the most exciting, up-and-coming companies in the Bluetooth ecosystem to share key developments within the industry and discuss the latest products and devices. As expected, this year the Internet of Things (IoT) was quite the hit, and Vigilant had the opportunity to join some of the leaders in the panel on healthcare IoT.
The panel focused on the role of technology in the healthcare space and the increasingly prominent role it plays with both patients and care givers. Amazing apps and tools are revolutionizing the space, and the conference reaffirmed that healthcare is benefiting the most from devices that support preventative care.
While it is true that Americans spend over 100 billion dollars a year in dental care, new IoT technology is providing real, actionable ways to reduce that burden. Vigilant has developed the Rainbow smart toothbrush which helps instill good brushing habits at an early age. Our interactive brush knows its location inside the mouth and tells the brusher via the app, which teeth still need attention – and the whole process is embedded in game format!
The panel also discussed health care providers that are empowering patients through health management tools, like Kaiser Permanente’s iOS HealthConnect. This tool gives their network — both patients and doctors — better means of accessing their medical information while on the go.
Our overall take? Two key attributes are driving new technology adoption in the healthcare space. First, devices must effortlessly provide information so people can make better health decisions. Second, the technology must seamlessly integrate into the existing working environment of caregivers. These are exciting times for the industry — and we’re thrilled to be a part of it!