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Systems, services, devices to help promote wellness and manage chronic disease

How Boomers Will Impact the Healthcare Industry

The apocalypse now -- boomers use too much healthcare...or everyone uses too much?

02/22/2010

Can innovation push limits of traditional PERS?

Behold the persistence of PERS (Personal Emergency Response System). Like the little engine that could, this product category refuses to exit. Also called Medical Alarms, Medical Alerts and panic buttons, it is most recognizable as the fear-mongering "I've fallen and I can't get up" device. PERS has been around for decades, but has seen relatively little innovation over most of that time. Actually it's worse, when you think about it. The PERS market is saddled with consumers complaints about shady sales tactics (Life Alert), new market entrants with no understanding of seniors, and a widely disseminated worse-than-50% success rate at alerting after a fall, either as a result of the device not being worn or worn but not pressed. >>> Read more . . .

Strength training for women sharpens mind

Study of women age 65-75 indicates improvement in executive function skills after one year of strength training.

01/26/2010

A Long Life: Good and Bad News for Baby Boomers

Aging in the 21st century -- be careful what you wish for.

01/22/2010

Aging with Grace - Personal Health Record

01/18/2010

The importance of carrying medical identification

Will I have a heart attack today…a stroke…a diabetic coma…a seizure?
Most of us never ask this question simply because we cannot answer it.
Additionally, most of us would prefer to go about our day without such worry.
Asking that question, however, is an important step in moving us toward
preparedness for the possibility of some unforeseen medical event.
In truth, most of us live, work, and play without a thought to the >>> Read more . . .

How to let others know how your business is doing

How is a market entrant doing? I have spent much of the past year looking at websites of tech companies in the aging-tech or digital health-tech areas. As part of this look, I am always trying to figure out how these companies are doing. Talking to the company executives is interesting, but the website, to me is very revealing and sometimes contradicts verbal descriptions of momentum. To me, these are visible indicators of company health: >>> Read more . . .

MedApps -- Remote Monitoring (HealthPAL), health data transmission to patients' electronic health records

01/14/2010

MedApps and Meridian Health Launch Remote Monitoring Pilot for CHF Patients >>> Read more . . .

Emotional Connectedness -- The Healthcare Connection

New startup Emota's 'emotional networking technology', now under development.

01/14/2010

The virtual doctor's visit -- aging studies don't tell much about its inevitability

Wait, wait, don't tell us. If we are patient, media reports will enable us to fully catch up with attitudes about technology in 2006. No, despite many of them in this blog, that's not a typo. So virtual doctor's visits were recently discussed in a NY Times article that I posted - "Are Doctors Ready for Virtual Visits? -- in which the answer was a definitive "no" based on a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).  >>> Read more . . .

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