COMCAST IS GETTING INTO HEALTH CARE

Brian Roberts, Chairman and CEO of Comcast
David A. Grogan | CNBC

CNBC is reporting that Comcast is working on an in-home device to monitor people’s health with plans of rolling out the device in 2020. The yet to be named device would use ambient sensors to track people’s basic health metrics. For example, it would monitor if they were staying in bed longer or if they were making more visits to the bathroom.

What else: Unlike most home speakers, the device won’t be positioned as a communications or assistant tool, and won’t be able to do things like search the web or turn lights on and off. But it will have a personality like Alexa and it will be able to make emergency phone calls in the case of a health event.

Final word: Comcast is joining a host of other companies that are dipping their toes in the home-health care space. Comcast has also been working with hospitals to explore using the device to reduce readmissions following discharge.