Health 2.0 Recap: What’s Next in Tech and Trends

Health becomes faster, more personal and more private as new technology is accelerated into the marketplace

genus™ was on-site the 10th annual Health 2.0 Conference, which brought together more than 2,000 digital health decision-makers to accelerate health care’s next big ideas. The founders of genus™ are intently focused on what’s around the corner in health – it’s one of the primary reasons that the app was designed as an open platform, allowing developers from around the globe to offer resources and services to users of genusConnect™. From FitBit to thermostat sensors, “plugging in” new technology will be essential to offering new and exciting ways for users to monitor health information about their loved ones, neighbors and friends.

3 New Sensors that Caught our Eye at Health 2.0 

  • Activity-monitoring watches that operate for eight months without charge
  • Socks with built-in activity sensors
  • Mattresses with built-in sleep sensors
Top Trends from Health 2.0
  • Shift from reactive to proactive care:  The health industry is shortening feedback cycles and using education to prevent, rather than react to, health challenges. Over the next 10 years, we can expect to see the transition to predictive care, incorporating sensors to predict disease and illness long before they have a chance to take hold.
  • Health bots:  “Smart contracts” will act as our own personal health agents. When signing into a hospital or doctor’s appointment, or opting into a procedure, our pre-configured smart contracts will agree to terms and conditions that meet our requirements and fill out paperwork in seconds. Reducing time and costs, time at the doctor’s office will be focused on personal needs and avoiding human error.
  • Data exchange agents:  Patients will have control over who can see their data, as well as whether it can be kept on record. Data will be accessed at the point of decision-making, rather than stored on file for others to see.
  • Blockchain technology:  The method will create a record of transactions, with higher integrity and protection of highly-sensitive data, like health records.
  • Artificial intelligence: IBM’s “Watson” super-computer and other artificial intelligence solutions will help patients and doctors look deeper into the variety of medical factors that factor into patient health and well-being.
  • Smart pills:  Small tablets which can be swallowed to monitor and report body temperature will offer a window into the future of internal health monitoring.