Nineteen percent of households own two or more connected health devices

Connected Health Summit features panels on emerging connected health technology

New Parks Associates research shows 19% of U.S. broadband households now own two or more connected health devices, a modest increase from 16% in mid-2017. Parks Associates will host its fifth-annual Connected Health Summit: Engaging Consumers, August 28-30 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, to discuss strategies to drive both adoption and ongoing engagement among connected consumers for these solutions.

Parks Associates Connected Health Devices Ownership

"Among connected fitness device owners who no longer use their device, a third say they lost interest," said Kristen Hanich, Research Analyst, Parks Associates. "Keeping users engaged in their health is a key challenge that device makers must face. In our research, we've seen device makers succeed using two very different strategies - making their devices so seamlessly intertwined with their users' lives that they are frictionless and almost invisible, and adding more advanced functionality that goes beyond basic monitoring and tracking. Wrist-worn wearables in particular are vulnerable to loss of interest, an indication of why so many players are moving to offer smart watches."

The session "Consumer Devices: Expanding into Healthcare Use Cases,"10:45 a.m. on August 29, looks at the strategies for the consumer device players entering the connected healthcare space and shares perspectives on the challenges and benefits of doing so.

Speakers for the session include:

Sam Ahn, Senior Manager, Healthcare, Samsung Electronics America

Terry Duesterhoeft, President & CEO, A&D Company - Americas

Harish Kilaru, Director, Business Development, Cardiogram

Joe Liu, CEO, Mivatek Smart Connect

Rob Schneider, VP, Sales and Marketing, Omron Healthcare

Doug Wolfgram, CTO, CareSpan International

"Today's older adult is not the same as the senior of the past," said Sam Ahn, Senior Manager, Healthcare, Samsung Electronics America.

"As we look to address the many challenging issues in healthcare today, one of our most powerful tools is the sharing and contextualization of information," said Terry Duesterhoeft, President & CEO, A&D Company - Americas. "Examining the technology changes that are occurring and how they can reshape the way providers care for their patients and individuals care for their specific conditions gives immense insight into how to evolve our care systems going forward."

"It's important for patients with chronic conditions, like diabetes and hypertension, to catch and manage their condition early in order to prevent costly complications, but they often remain undiagnosed," said Harish Kilaru, Director, Business Development, Cardiogram. "Consumer wearables, like Apple Watch, can be used to accurately detect these conditions, making them powerful tools to help guide at-risk patients to the care they need."

"Without question, one of the prime drivers in the connected health space continues to be the aging-in-place trend," said Joe Liu, CEO, Mivatek Smart Connect. "Studies show that even if they need day-to-day assistance or ongoing health care during retirement, upwards of 82 percent of seniors want to stay in their homes in their golden years. But it means being able to do it safely and independently. For those seniors who are in good shape and just want to have peace of mind connecting via Video-IoT to their families, concierge, caregiver, or first responder in the event of an emergency, there are a wealth of new solutions in the connected health space to help them achieve these goals."

"At Omron Healthcare, a leader in home health technologies, we're continuing to see a rise in consumer interest of connected devices," said Rob Schneider, VP, Sales and Marketing, Omron Healthcare. "Connected healthcare technology is now a vital component for developing proactive healthcare plans and fostering patient-doctor dialogue. It's a key part of how we are working towards our mission of Going for Zero heart attacks and strokes - creating more preventative heart health solutions and improving the patient experience."

The 2018 Advisory Board for Connected Health Summit includes executives from Best Buy; Care Innovations, an Intel company; Comcast; EarlySense; GreatCall; Life365; MDLive; Mosaic Growth Partners; Omron Healthcare; Orbita; Providence St. Joseph Health; and Walmart.

Event Sponsors include Independa, Rapid Response Monitoring, MDLIVE,, BodiMetrics, Forgerock, GiftCard Partners, Nortek Security & Control, Personal Connected Health Alliance, Qualcomm Ventures, Z-Wave, and Pathway OME.

Event Supporters include Antenna, B2 Group,, Best Web Design Agencies, CIO Applications, Conference Guru, Consortium for Patient Engagement (CoPE), Crowd Reviews, FierceHealthcare, FierceHealthIT, FiercePharma, HME News, HomeGrid Forum, Home Health Technology News, HomeToys, Innovation & Tech Today, Intelligent Health Association, Internet Health Management, IoT Consortium, ISE Magazine, LonMark International, Managed Care Magazine, Method, Personal Connected Health Alliance, PharmaVoice, RTC Media, San Diego EDC, Small Cell Forum, Smart Insights, Springboard Enterprises, Startup Health, TD The Market Publishers, Telebehavioral Health Institute, TelcoProfessionals, Telehealth & Telecare Aware, The Journal of mHealth, The MedTech Strategist,, Vertical Web Media, Visibility Magazine, and Wi-Fi Alliance.

Registration is open, and media are invited to attend. For more information, visit To speak with an analyst or to request research, contact Julia Homier at, 972-996-0214.

About Connected Health Summit: Engaging Consumers

Connected Health Summit: Engaging Consumers analyzes the role of innovative connected health solutions in driving changes in consumer behaviors as well as healthcare systems, insurers, and hospital networks. The event focuses on four areas of consumer health, which require active consumer participation to be successful: remote health monitoring for accountable care, consumer-centric wellness and fitness solutions, independent living technologies and services, and innovative convenience care models.

The Connected Health Summit: Engaging Consumers will take place August 28-30, 2018, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, CA.

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