September 6, 2023

ACEP is the Feature Organization at the Digital Health Studio at CES 2023

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) recently made its debut at CES 2023, a renowned technology event held in Las Vegas. CES is known as the most important innovation event globally and is organized by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).

During CES 2023, ACEP showcased its Digital Health Studio, which aimed to highlight the brightest minds in health innovation. Gary Shapiro, the President and CEO of CTA, emphasized the partnership between ACEP and CES, as both share a commitment to making healthcare more innovative, accessible, and equitable. The Digital Health Studio provided a glimpse into the future of healthcare.

At CES 2023, the Digital Health Studio served as the central point for digital health discussions and exhibitions. ACEP engaged in conversations with innovators at the intersection of healthcare and technology, focusing on the trends that will shape the future of care delivery and treatment innovations.

One key takeaway from this year's event was that people are seeking alternatives to traditional healthcare systems, and numerous companies are developing products and services to meet those needs.

CES attendees had the opportunity to explore various tools and technologies aimed at managing healthcare costs, improving health equity, and enhancing patient access to care. Some of the featured products included home monitors, home screening tools, devices for managing hearing loss, and services that integrated data from different medical tools to identify significant abnormalities. However, it was noted that these services did not synchronize well with existing health record systems and were unable to share information with emergency medical services (EMS) crews.

ACEP's President, Dr. Christopher S. Kang, highlighted “Emergency physicians have a unique view of medicine’s frontlines and a critical leadership role in health care. In addition to treating anyone, anytime, we are among the first to identify patterns that become trends and detect early warning signs of systemic challenges. ACEP is thrilled to be at CES 2023—emergency physicians are a natural choice to lead discussions about innovation to improve and save lives.”

ACEP played a vital role in managing the Digital Health Studio, supporting speakers in sharing their stories and facilitating the exchange of information about how products can meet acute healthcare needs. Among the attendees, emergency physicians from various organizations were present, and ACEP served as a source of medical information, answering questions on diverse medical subjects. Several companies, including Abbott, Google, and Amazon, were exploring partnerships for health products.

The presence of ACEP at CES was mutually beneficial. Unlike HIMSS, which focuses on healthcare professionals, CES has a consumer-centric and innovation-oriented approach. ACEP holds a prominent position in this space as emergency departments serve as hubs for acute and outpatient services. ACEP leaders effectively communicated the importance of integrated care elements, whether they were products or services. They also emphasized the role of emergency medicine in developing systems that operate 24/7 and adapt to local concerns. Emergency medicine is there when a home service detects falling pulse oximetry, rising blood sugar, or sudden injuries.

For ACEP, there is no better event than CES to interact with the future of healthcare and represent the healthcare industry. CES provides an excellent platform for ACEP to establish relationships with companies that will integrate with the Emergency Medicine Data Institute. This includes organizations from all quadrants of the health system, consumer product manufacturers, and data managers. CES also led to partnerships that will result in vendors sponsoring Scientific Assembly and participants attending other ACEP events.

In preparation for ACEP's participation in CES 2024, several factors need to be considered. The Digital Health Studio can be transformed into a vibrant and captivating demonstration site for ACEP's images, services, and partnerships. It should aim to grab attendees' attention within five seconds, offer innovative screening tests, invite industry collaborators, and recognize technological partners. Additionally, ACEP could offer tests for COVID, flu, or other screenings, such as pulse oximetry readings or glucose checks. This would benefit attendees and generate positive headlines.

CES is the premier gathering for future product planners, making it the ideal platform for ACEP's involvement and presence