CES 2016: Consumer and Medical Devices Come Together in Digital Health
The role digital health will ultimately play in the overall health care market is still evolving, but it is becoming clearer that consumers and consumer-based products will play a role. The merging of consumer and medical was evident at CES in Las Vegas, where an increasing number of businesses are showcasing new products for the digital health market, which is expected to reach $233 billion by 2020.
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