Thursday, April 13, 2017

More than 20% of U.S. broadband households have used websites or apps to communicate with a medical professional in the past 12 months, EarlySense, Philips, and UnaliWear to discuss connected health and wellness innovations at 21st-annual CONNECTIONS™ Conference, May 23-25

IoT research firm Parks Associates announced new connected health research today showing that more than 20% of U.S. broadband households have used websites or apps to communicate with a medical professional in the past 12 months. Industry-leading executives will join Parks Associates at the 21st-annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference, May 23-25 in San Francisco, to discuss how digital health technologies allow for personalized experiences for consumers through on-demand services.

“On-demand care models have strong potential to grow because consumers express a strong interest in real-time interactions with doctors remotely or virtually,” said Harry Wang, Senior Director of Research, Parks Associates. “To scale these models from acute but non-emergent care episodes to broader patient-care provider engagement use cases, providers and their technology partners must improve customer experiences, including managing consumer expectations about wait time, service quality, and length of engagement.”

This year’s CONNECTIONS™ Conference will examine ways that smartphones, smart watches, and other wearables can be integrated into connected health solutions such as on-demand care. The conference, which features more than 700 industry-leading executives in attendance, will address the connected health market and new innovations that are creating new and unique value propositions.

Integrating Connected Health and Wearables into the Smart Home,” at 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday, May 24, moderated by Harry Wang, features connected health executives and industry leaders examining the opportunity for connected health to become a part of the smart home and how to bridge different industries seeking efficiencies while retaining their unique value propositions. Speakers for the session include:

  • Jean Anne Booth, CEO, UnaliWear
  • Jeroen Brouwer, Marketing, Sales and Business Development Director, Philips
  • Avner Halperin, CEO, EarlySense
  • Lainie Muller, Director, Wellness,

“From my work in UnaliWear, this offering spans two traditional but previously unmet market goals – offer a voice-activated safety wearable and do it in a stylish form factor that does not stigmatize the wearer as ‘old,’” said Jean Anne Booth, CEO of UnaliWear.

“Today’s health landscape is drastically different than it was just a decade ago. Emerging technologies are helping consumers take control of their lives through highly accurate health data,” said Avner Halperin, CEO, EarlySense. “New technology, like that of EarlySense LIVE, empowers consumers with real-time data about their health, making it easier than ever before to communicate and share vital information with health professionals and caregivers. I am looking forward to discussing this topic more at the 21st-annual CONNECTIONS™ Conference.”

Prior to CONNECTIONS™, Parks Associates will host the pre-show workshop Connected Health and IoT: Technology Innovators and Disruptions on May 23. This workshop will feature the following industry speakers:

  • Oliver Cockcroft, Product Architect, Ayla Networks
  • Casper de Clercq, General Partner, Norwest Venture Partners
  • Bill McIvor, Executive Vice President/Chief Development Officer, SeniorLink
  • Jorge Perdomo, SVP Corporate Strategy & Development, MivaTek
  • Kian Saneii, Founder & CEO, Independa
  • Nathan Treloar, President & COO, Orbita, Inc.

“As the IoT kicks into high gear, vast networks of connected devices measuring our vital signs will usher in a new era of personalized health care,” said Oliver Cockcroft, Product Architect, Ayla Networks. “It’s easy to imagine how such an approach could have a profound effect on individual well-being.”

“Digital health technologies are changing the game for family caregivers in America,” said Bill McIvor, Executive Vice President, Chief Development Officer of Seniorlink. “HIPAA-secure care collaboration platforms – like our product Vela – are being met with praise from caregivers and case managers to payers and providers. Solutions that engage and empower family caregivers to collaborate in this manner will transform care management as we know it.”

360 View Update: On-Demand Care: The Patient Wants to See You Now presents an overview of consumer trends in on-demand virtual care, including visiting physician services and remote care. It examines the types of services consumers are most interested in, the demographics reporting the greatest interest in these services, and self-reported consumer satisfaction rates. The research pays special attention to consumer interaction preferences and usage of digital communication technologies for on-demand care. Additional data from the research shows:

  • More than 70% of consumers would wait no more than 15 minutes when reaching out to medical professionals for real-time voice or video consultations.
  • Almost 90% consider a call lasting less than 30 minutes to be reasonable.
  • 70% of consumers using text messaging and secure email would prefer a response within two hours.
  • Almost 9% of U.S. broadband households are using technology to track their sleep.
  • 12% of U.S. broadband households own a digital pedometer or fitness tracker with Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connectivity.

To register for the 21st-annual CONNECTIONS™ conference or a pre-show workshop, please visit Follow the conference on Twitter at @CONNECTIONS_US, #CONNUS17, and on the CONNECTIONS™ Industry Insights Blog. To schedule an interview with Harry Wang or request specific research, contact Holly Sprague at, 720.987.6614.


Parks Associates' 27th annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference features an in-person conference on May 23-25, 2023 and multiple virtual sessions hosted throughout 2023. The event focuses on the adoption of technology including smart home, security, connected health, energy, and home automation.

Bringing together more than 1,500 senior executives, CONNECTIONS™ provides networking opportunities combined with visionary keynotes and virtual sessions. The Parks Associates analyst team leads all conference sessions, which are focused on technology innovations, consumer adoption and trends, product and service forecasts, and the evaluation of new business strategies, partnerships, monetization opportunities, and value-added service design.

Throughout the event, sponsors offer demos during networking events, spotlighting new technology innovations and services for the entertainment, mobile, and smart home market segments.

CONNECTIONS™ 2023 features an in-person conference on May 23-25, 2023, with virtual sessions on March 2, July 20, and October 5. For more information, contact, call 972-490-1113, visit

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