5 Technologies To Watch: Sensors Are the New Plastics
Panel members agreed that standards and bandwidth issues limit some future applications, such as those that require an immediate response. Privacy is also an issue, but it becomes less of one when the all of the risks are clearly disclosed, DuBravac said.
The delivery of new digital health care products and solutions, many of which heavily rely on sensor technology, should quicken now that the Affordable Care Act includes incentives for health care providers that cut costs. "Everyone now is looking to change fee-for-service to fee-for-performance," Taub said, adding that solutions such as remote patient monitoring started out slowly but are quickly picking up speed.
The big question surrounding these new technologies is who is going to collect, sort and put to use all of the data that's captured. "These individual products are just endpoints for an incredible repository of information about you," said Ross Rubin, principal analyst at Reticle Research. "Who is the overall aggregator?"