Yesterday the US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee held a hearing about the Internet of Things, and though the conversation was broad and far-reaching, mobile health and healthcare connectivity did hold some floor time. Both Morgan Reed, executive director of ACT The App Organization and Gary Shapiro, CEO and President of the Consumer Electronics Association, spoke about health in their testimonies.
Shapiro listed a number of different facets of the the Internet of Things that CEA has seen over the past few years, and ended the litany with a reference to mobile health tools.
“I am especially excited about how the IoT will help us care for our older loved ones in years to come,” he said in his prepared remarks. “As our population advances in years, and the number of caregivers shrinks, smart home devices enable seniors to live independently and comfortably at home, retaining their quality of life into their golden years. Connected devices can remind seniors to take their medication, refill their prescriptions, and help prevent accidental over- or underdoses.”
Reed, meanwhile, focused his talk entirely on the mobile health segment, describing how, in the future, “rather than a yearly update on one’s vitals in a doctor’s office, sensors will empower people to share it with a care team, have it incorporated in a cloud-based health record, or shown on a dashboard app in just a few taps.” Services like Microsoft HealthVault, Apple Health, and Apple ResearchKit are already moving in that direction, he said. Yet as of now, few doctors are willing to prescribe these tools to patients, because of regulatory uncertainty. Keep reading>>