January 22, 2016

Medical-Related Exhibits Post Rapid Growth at CES

CES_475x300Most people know the Consumer Electronics Show as a launching pad for the latest tech toys, but within CES there are enough medical and wellness exhibitors to also make it one of the world’s largest healthcare trade shows.

There were more than 500 exhibitors classified as “health and biotech” or “digital health,” a nearly 40 percent increase from 2015. Exhibit space devoted to digital health, which holds the promise to better diagnose, monitor, and treat illness, grew 23 percent in 2016 over a year earlier, and that is on top of the 18 percent growth shown from 2014 to 2015.

Driving the growth is technology’s increasing ability to understand users, rather than the other way around.

“Smart technology will make societal operations easier and more seamless in the future, especially when it comes to healthcare and ways that we can care for our aging populations,” said Allison Fried, Global Event Communications Director for the Consumer Technology Association and producer of CES.

Overall, this year’s CES attracted more than 170,000 electronics professionals, with more than 3,800 exhibitors, taking up 2.5 million square feet of space. More than 150 countries were represented and the show was covered by 6,000 members of the media.

Already plans are in the works for the show’s next visit to Las Vegas, starting on Jan. 5, 2017.