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BlueStar SeniorTech Partners with Bellpal

01/29/2019

Rockville, MD (December 7, 2018) — BlueStar SeniorTech announced today that it will partner with BellPal of Sweden to provide BellPal’s unique medical alert system in the United States. BellPal provides a discreet, simple, and stylish watch to keep families and their loved safe and connected in the event of an emergency.

Ten More Technology Offerings from CES 2019 -- Beyond Gadgets

CES 2019 – Gone but certainly not forgotten. Multiple blog posts and articles have surfaced since CES 2019 – including some offerings that should be recapped here. No doubt they would have been viewed in person with more time and better tennis shoes at the Sands Convention Center. There was ANOTHER convention center (LVCC) and various hotel events that remained sight unseen. The important insight about CES is that while some offerings were played in a previous year, the networking opportunity for innovators was too good to miss and so many returned.  Here are ten more, in alphabetical order:

FallCall Solutions granted patent for detecting and discriminating severity of falls

12/06/2018
 “For over a decade, I have treated fall victims who were sadly found hours to days later because they did not wear or own a medical alert system,” states trauma surgeon and President of FallCall Solutions, Shea C. Gregg, MD. “Our quest to invent a new fall detection system began years ago, but we needed a device that was wrist worn, had plenty of processing power and was attractive to the masses.  It was the advent of smartwatches that gave us the inspiration we needed.  In my mind, this was the beginning of a revolution in the traditional medical alert ecosystem.”
 

New Technology Offerings for Caregivers and Families

As summer winds down, innovators rev up.  August is winding down -- the calm before the autumn slew of activity.  Nonetheless, new milestones and partnerships were announced this month, including Embodied Labs becoming a finalist for the Top8 XR Education Prize sponsored by the Bill  Melinda Gates Foundation,  MedMinder reaching 1433 on the Inc5000, the acquisition of GreatCall by BestBuy, and MobileHelp announcing a partnership with LifePod.  And four companies released new offerings to help professional and family caregivers improve monitoring and well-being among older adults:

FallCall: A New Generation of Personal Emergency Assistant App Comes to Apple Watch® and iPhone®

08/02/2018

TRUMBULL, Conn., Aug. 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- FallCall Solutions, a Connecticut-based technology startup committed to creating simplified communication solutions for Elders and Caregivers, announced today that the company has launched its second product, FallCall™ Lite, a Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) app built exclusively for Apple Watch and iPhone.

Technology in Senior Care – Thoughts from a Chief Medical Officer

For a Chief Medical Officer, what role does technology play? Recently there was an opportunity to query executives in senior care, including Dr. Arif Nazir, Chief Medical Officer, Signature HealthCARE, who was asked about the technology impact on long-term care jobs.   The insights quoted here could be generalized, not just to Skilled Nursing Facilities, but to all types of care delivery – and are particularly notable in the context of last week’s New York Times article: "How Tech Can Turn Doctors into Clerical Workers.” As Dr. Nazir notes, it’s not just doctors who can be frustrated by over-emphasis on technology. Here are the questions and few observations about the work and the workers:

MedHab Announces Official Launch of MyNotifi Clip, an Automatic Fall Detection

05/18/2018
San Angelo, Texas– MedHab, the creator of wearable sports, wellness and healthcare
devices, announces a new addition to its line of MyNotifi® fall detection wearables, the
belt-mounted MyNotifi clip. MyNotifi is a fall detection device which automatically
detects falls and notifies selected family, friends or neighbors.
 
MyNotifi can be worn on the wrist or clipped to a belt. It connects via Bluetooth to the
wearer’s smartphone. The device does not require a button push to summon help. If

Five Technology Offerings for Older Adults -- April 2018

April Showers, Innovation and Spring flowers.  Tech companies and their partners continue to propel forward, with new ideas, innovations, products. Consider that April offered up the winners of the Stanford Design Challenge – a computer-integrated bicycle handle with blind spot warning and fall detection and emergency alert. Stay tuned for more innovation events upcoming, including the upcoming 2018 Silicon Valley Boomer Venture Summit in June. Here are the five offerings from April with all material drawn directly from the company's websites:

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