Beat Best Buy in Home Health Technology

Integrators at risk of losing foothold on emerging category as it breaks into mainstream.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates will deliver the keynote at 2010 mHealth Summitt, focusing on mobile health technologies.
Tom LeBlanc · August 4, 2010

You’ve heard this before, but demand for home health technology appears poised to go mainstream.

Bill Gates has agreed to give a keynote address at the 2010 mHealth Summit on Nov. 9 in Washington, D.C.

Gate’s keynote will focus on mobile technologies to improve health outcomes in the developing world. The summit is organized by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health in partnership with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the mHealth Alliance.

Meanwhile, CEA says it will launch a health and fitness Tech Zone at 2011 CES in Las Vegas. While it’s not clear what types of home health technology will be displayed, CEA senior communications coordinator Steve Kidera says it’s safe to assume there will be some “tele-health” technologies shown, adding that home health products are starting to show up in Best Buy.

The health and fitness section at 2011 CES will be joined by other Tech Zones, including the return of Apple-focused iLounge, a zone dedicated to connected home appliances, a broadband zone and a smartphone zone.

Verizon Wireless is the partnering sponsor of the mHealth Summit. Meanwhile, Verizon chief executive officer Ivan Seidenberg will give the opening keynote at 2011 CES.

CE Pro has long-argued that integrators are well-positioned to establish themselves as home health technology providers and capitalize on escalating demand among aging baby boomers. EHX has, for years, hosted a Home Health Tech Pavilion to educate CE pros on the emerging category.

The good news is that, with Bill Gates talking about home health technology and CES providing its own health tech zone, the category is sure to gain momentum. The bad news is that time may be running out for CE pros to get a head start.

CE pros ought learn all they can about home health technology before Best Buy and Geek Squad establish themselves as the category’s go-to providers.


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6 Great Home Health Products for Integrators
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Breaking into Home Health Tech: How to Smart Small
While you’re building a business model and product line, why not start building a customer base?
How to Make Money on a $50 Machine for Seniors
Run by a former Monster Cable exec, Presto suggests integrators can earn recurring revenue with an inexpensive ‘computer-less email’ system for the elderly
iPhone Automation for the Visually Impaired
Apple’s VoiceOver feature helps visually impaired users navigate through a home automation system with special gesture controls and voice feedback on the iPhone and iPad.
Modifying Off-the-shelf Systems for Seniors and the Disabled
SimplyHome was a developer/manager of long-term care facilities before moving into the systems integration business.
Innovative Services: Tracking Home Health Activity
Monitors home health activity with a $1,000 system that has also produced overall cost savings of about 40-70 percent.
Establish Recurring Revenue With a Healthy Integration Business
Integrated home healthcare systems are predicted to create revenues of $30 billion by 2012.
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Tom has been covering consumer electronics for six years. Before that, he wrote for the sports department of the Boston Herald. Migrating to magazines, he was a staff editor for a golf publication and an outdoor sports publication. Now, as senior writer/technology editor of CE Pro magazine since 2003, he dabbles in all departments and offers expertise in marketing. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Tom at

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