BEST BUY MAKES SENIORS NEW PRIORITY IN HEALTH TECH
Best Buy is placing a heavy bet on the growing need for home-health tech services as it aims to reach 5 million seniors (up from 1 million today) in the next few years. The push into home monitoring will include technologies based on remote response and predictive health systems. Products might “include algorithm-driven pendants that track how a senior is walking and predict the risk of falling, refrigerators with sensors that measure whether an individual has been eating, and wireless scales that monitor patients with congestive heart failure.” The retailer would also partner with insurance companies who want to preventively “monitor patients at home to avoid hospital stays.”
SKIN HEALTH’S NEW AI MEASUREMENT TOOL
Atolla is an MIT-based start-up that is using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine-learning to create custom face skin-care creams for its customers. The Atolla Skin Health System gives users a kit to measure their skin’s pH, hydration, absorption and oil then sends a monthly face serum “calibrated precisely to their skin's needs.” The kits also ask questions about lifestyle and environment while comparing all responses to those of similar users in order to more quickly determine the best formula for success. Based on progress, the serum can change monthly as a user’s skin grows healthier. A connected app helps users submit results and track progress.
MEDICAL DRONE DELIVERY TAKES TO THE SKIES
UPS has received FAA clearance to expand its medical drone delivery service nationwide. Known as Flight Forward, the drones will be used to transport “temperature-sensitive blood samples and other medical items” from their origin point to nearby testing labs and facilities. The drone delivery process will allow “medical staff to send and receive samples faster than” their current courier model whose speed of delivery is impacted by traffic patterns and infrequent delivery/pickup schedules.