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IoT and home monitoring

What is the Future of Remote Care Technology and Older Adults?

Lots of talk about remote care technologies -- but will the 2020 crisis convert to actual technology change?   So much has changed in recent months as a result of Covid-19 -- startling changes that previously were incremental.  Consider reimbursement for telehealth technologies, a wave of free engagement software,  distribution of tablets to senior centers and Echo Dots to senior living, to remote care voice tech for high needs seniors and government-funded competition to combat social isolation.  And no doubt that's just a subset of what's happening as frantic attempts are made to close gaps in communication, care delivery, safety, social isolation and more.  

Five notable technology offerings for older adults

Companies and products worth noting in August.  It may be the dog days of summer, but life and innovation move forward – and so it is with offerings to note that serve older adults. In particular, it is great to see the emergence of Primetime Partners, specifically focused on the aging-related market opportunity. The first, HomeEXCEPT was one missed at the time, emerging from a 2017 AARP Innovation Business Plan competition. The last was offered by a giant US network.  Go figure.

Why are older adults demeaned by the health and tech industry?

What is the point of sneering at older people? Rant on. Consider an upcoming HIMSS event in Orlando with the charming title: "Monitoring Grandma: Adoption of Connected Health Tech by Seniors." That version of the title is spelled out here because the presenter has been alerted and agreed that the title was condescending – so MAYBE it will be changed.  But this is just the tip of the condescension iceberg:  Go ahead, Google ‘technology grandma’.  Just check out the first page or two of the millions of identified references – including the images of older women ‘holding it wrong’ or ‘ confused.’ 

Six new technologies for safety, health and in-home monitoring

Elder Home Monitoring 2.0 – it may fill a growing need.  Several companies noted were at CES or with announcements at or around that time offered up the possiibility of a dashboard or collected insights about the wellbeing of an older adult at home.  These may signal not only the next generation of in-home monitoring, but also the next generation of predictive analytics used to help older adults stay longer at home and/or out of the hospital. The timing is good as the oldest Baby Boomer turns 74 this month – and more older adults are staying longer at home. Information is from the company websites or press materials:

Forma SafeHome Brings Next Generation Senior Home Monitoring With Patent-Pending Technology

01/15/2020

Forma SafeHome, LLC starts the new year pleased to announce the launch of their affordable next-generation senior home monitoring service that facilitates more prolonged in-home independence for aging in place seniors or the disabled.

Forma has crafted the ultimate fall detection and health monitoring customization bundle that integrates the most advanced technologies into an all-in-one, patent-pending app, ROSIE SafeHome.

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Sensorcall named 2020 Innovation Awards Honoree

01/13/2020

Atlanta, Georgia., - Sensorscall today announced that they were named a CES
2020 Innovation Awards Honoree in the Health & Wellness.  The honorees
products will be unveiled at CES 2020, held January 7 -12, 2020 in Las Vegas
where winning products will be displayed at a special showcase.
An annual program that celebrates outstanding design, the CES Innovation
Awards recognizes honorees across 28 product categories. An elite panel of
judges, including designers, engineers and members of the tech media, review

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