Home Health Tech Trends
Two future trends for home health tech in the U.S. are circadian lighting devices/products and smart mirrors promoting at-home health. Five innovative companies in the home health tech space are Everlywell, Adherium, Wynd Technologies, TytoCare, and Beddr.
- A 2020 report published by Global Wellness Summit identified "circadian health optimization" as a future trend for home health tech.
- Dr. Steven Lockley of Harvard University was quoted in the article as stating the following: "Circadian health optimization—incorporating the type and timing of light—will soon become more important than ‘sleep.’ Solutions that realign our internal circadian clocks with each other, and our internal clocks with the outside world, will surge."
- Light bulbs specifically designed to promote Circadian rhythms for use within the home are predicted to become quite popular among consumers. The reason we included light bulbs with regard to home health tech is because the bulbs are technologically advanced, as they were described in the article as "tunable, biodynamic, circadian lighting."
- During the daytime, the light cast from those bulbs is bright blue. At nighttime, the last came from those bulbs is of warmer and dimmer colors.
- In fact, some of these types of circadian lighting are app-enabled, such as the Dyson Lightcycle and Savant Daylight Mode by Savant.
- For example, the Savant Daylight Mode app allows individuals "to personalize . . . [their] circadian experience based on . . . [their] home’s precise geo-coordinates, aligning the inside of . . . [their] home with the outside." Individuals can also "select which rooms Daylight Mode is active in."
- We determined that this future trend applied to the U.S. because a doctor from the U.S. was quoted about the trend and the companies mentioned in the article as already making products advancing the trend are based in the U.S. (Savant and Healthe).
Smart Mirrors Promoting At-Home Health
- Though smart mirrors already exist, their usage for at-home health is a future trend.
- A 2019 publication from Deloitte noted this future trend.
- The example provided in that Deloitte publication was described as follows: "This might include a hyperconnected bathroom where the mirror and other tech-enabled appliances process, detect, and analyze health information. Highly attuned sensors embedded in a bathroom mirror, for example, might track body temperature and blood pressure, and detect anomalies by comparing those vitals to a person’s historical biometric data. Maybe this smart mirror even plays a skin care tutorial reminding the user to apply sunscreen based on that individual’s plan for the day together with the weather forecast."
- A February 2020 article from ICT&health noted that in the future, "a smart mirror [will] check the condition of our skin or mental health."
- In a July 2019 article in Time Magazine titled "What Will Smart Homes Look Like 10 Years From Now?", it was stated that "one company has filed patents for devices including a mirror that’s meant to monitor users’ health just by analyzing their skin."
- The popular smart mirror for home health currently on the market is called Poseidon by CareOS, which "is an in-home smart mirror that focuses on personal hygiene, skincare and wellness. Alongside makeup application features, the mirror tracks and analyzes the user's skin health, encourages teeth brushing and other hygiene activities, and supports the health monitoring features other CareOS smart home products." This link is to the product page for the smart mirror.
Innovative Companies in Home Health Tech
- Everlywell was recognized among the "Most Innovative Companies" in 2019 by Fast Company in the Wellness category. Everlywell was recognized for the advancements in at-home health tests that it offers.
- Everlywell offers 32 at-home tests that consumers can purchase, including one for COVID-19.
- The company's tests allow consumers to collect their own samples at home, ship them for free for lab work, and then within days, consumers receive "results and insights sent to . . . [their] device[s]."
- This link is to Everlywell's website.
- Adherium was recognized among the "Most Innovative Companies" in 2019 by Fast Company in the Health category.
- Adherium sells a very innovative sensor called Hailie, which is able to work in conjunction with certain inhalers to "help people with asthma breathe easier."
- In 2018, "Adherium became the first 'smart inhaler' company to enter a commercial agreement with a major pharma company", which was AstraZeneca.
- When the sensor is coupled with the inhaler, data is sent to the app. As a result, "[t]he inhaler can remind patients when to use it by lighting up, making a sound, or vibrating, and can help a parent or health provider identify if someone is using an inhaler incorrectly or at the wrong time."
- As a result of using Adherium's sensor, there was a 59% increase in "adherence to preventative medication" among adults and a 180% increase among children.
- This link is to Adherium's website.
3. Wynd Technologies
- Wynd Technologies describes its Wynd Home air purifier as "[t]he most powerful purifier in its class."
- The purifier is able to "clean [a] 1200 sq. ft. space in just 30 minutes."
- Automated cleaning is built into the purifier, as it "cleans air based on . . . locali[z]ed air quality."
- The purifier "integrat[es] with Halo for enhanced automations including smart scheduling and energy cost savings."
- The filter built into the purifier is described as follows: "Wynd's proprietary V-Series HEPA filter contains 2X the filter surface area, and utilizes 3 effective layers that kills germs, removes particulates and gases - including allergens, mold, toxic odors, [and] air pollution."
- This link is to Wynd Technologies' website.
- TytoCare is a company that sells a home health tech product called "Tyto [which] is a handheld exam kit and app that lets you perform guided medical exams with a healthcare provider, anytime, anywhere."
- Tyto is "the healthcare industry's first all-in-one modular device and telehealth platform for on-demand, remote medical exams."
- The kit includes an app, tongue depressor, stethoscope, thermometer, otoscope adapter, and exam camera.
- This link is to the product demo on YouTube.
- This link is to TytoCare's website.
- Beddr is a startup that describes itself as "[t]he world's first Digital Sleep Clinic."
- Beddr sells a product called SleepTuner, along with its mobile app, which together serve as an at-home sleep lab for consumers.
- Those products provide a sleep assessment, sleep coaching from professionals, and remote medical consultations.
- In 2021, the company will be launching its "Home Sleep Test."
- This link is to Beddr's website.