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73% of US caregivers likely to buy an independent living solution for their loved one

08/30/2021

New connected health research from Parks Associates finds 73% of current caregivers are likely to buy an independent living solution for their loved one. Among these intenders, 28% are planning to acquire a smart watch, 25% a PERS solution, 25% a professionally installed home sensor system, and 22% a smart speaker/display solution.

Healthfirst to Offer Its Medicare Advantage Members Universal Access to Advance Care Planning Through Iris Healthcare

07/01/2021

June 30, 2021 - Austin, Texas -- Iris Healthcare, the leading provider of Advance Care Planning (ACP)
solutions for health plans and providers, has been selected by Healthfirst, one of New York’s largest not-
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Companion Robot, ElliQ, to Support Primary Care Providers in Caring for Older Adults at Home

07/01/2021

BOSTON, MA, June 30, 2021 -- Intuition Robotics, the empathetic digital companion™ company, announced today a significant expansion of ElliQ, their AI-driven companion robot, to enable the extension of primary care teams’ presence into older adults’ homes. This will help increase patient engagement and improve the overall patient experience, while offering primary care providers continuous actionable data and insights for early detection and intervention. Intuition Robotics also announced a pilot with Family Doctors, a Mass General Brigham affiliated practice in Swampscott, MA.

The Future of Wearables and Older Adults - report plus May posts

Wearables are new (now) to most older adults in 2021. But that will change in the coming years as broad market acceptance drives interest among the 65+ population. Adoption will grow as the price points become more affordable; and most important, as the data from wearables becomes more actionable, informative, and predictive of future change. Within five years, doctors will see the benefit in guiding older adults to their usage. Chronic disease monitoring through wearables will see the most substantial growth.  And stigma-free and lower cost hearables will provide customizable sound improvements to a far broader population than current hearing aids.  Check out the new report:  The Future of Wearables and Older Adults 2021.  And the other blog posts from May 2021 that drove the report content forward:

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