Jean Anne Booth, CEO of UnaliWear, is an entrepreneur. Jean Anne started UnaliWear after selling previous startups to Texas Instruments and Apple. Jean Anne was the founder of Luminary Micro, the creators of the Stellaris microcontroller platform and the first to market with ARM Cortex-M3-based microcontroller solutions, purchased by Texas Instruments in May 2009 Jean Anne retired from TI in 2012 after serving as the general manager for TI's Stellaris family of products.
Jean Anne Booth is speaking at CONNECTIONS™ 2023. CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference, hosted by Parks Associates, taking place over the dates of May 23 – 25, in Frisco, TX. CONNECTIONS™ 2023 features an in-person conference May 23-25, 2023, with virtual sessions on July 20 and and October 5, focusing on the smart home market, home security, and new services for the home.
Here are some of Jean Anne Booth's industry insights below:
What is the current state of the at-home health devices and services market, in each of the verticals you serve?
Devices are only as good as they are worn and/or used. Many devices get into the home and are rarely worn or used regularly. It’s hard to get people to adopt new behaviors, whether that is checking their blood pressure every day or wearing a medical alert device. So a lot of equipment is out there in closets and spare bedrooms gathering dust. Research shows that most medical alert devices are worn approx. 30% of the time and rarely at night. It’s hard for a medical alert to save your life when it is not being worn. As an industry, we need to think more about real behavior modification and device adoption to ensure that the aspirations of what we create in a lab or factory actually deliver the benefits people need in the real marketplace.
Has demand for more preventative and predictive approaches to care changed? Or is the market for this more or less the same as it was a few years ago?
Demand for preventative and predictive approaches to care is growing exponentially in the hopes of really bending the health care cost curve for an ever-increasing aging population.
What is the most valuable contribution wearables can make to the health space?
Allowing people to effectively age in place for as long as possible. Minimize life changing events, or, at the very least, the negative impact of these events as much as possible. In other words – wearables that extend independence with dignity for vulnerable people.