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Partners' Connected Health Symposium -- some of the winning innovations

Partners’ Connected Health Symposium 2016 – note the aging opportunity. Over the years of this event, a session here and a speaker there occasionally talked about an aging society – and what it means. But aging is today’s health business reality. First, the first keynote was about the innovation opportunity – delivered by AARP’s JoAnn Jenkins.  The pitch-off event ‘supporting cognitive function as we age’ also included AARP judges viewing submissions of the four finalists – and the Avatar for tracking health and exercise that won.  Upcoming: the 2017 merger of this conference into the Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHA) and its Connected Health Conference event (formerly known as the mHealth Summit). With material from the firms themselves, 2016 innovation winners included:

Vivify Health Awarded Patent for Extending Remote Care to Your Television


PLANO, Texas, Sept. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Vivify Health, the pioneer remote care via mobile devices, has been awarded a patient for its methods of engaging and monitoring healthcare consumers through their existing televisions. The patent is the first awarded among six highly innovative digital health patents submitted by Vivify Health.

Five tips for startups and enterprises with 2016-2017 offerings

It’s timely – we are entering the competition/event season.  School has started and so has the search for innovation.  To name a few: Stanford has launched a design competition for Innovating Aging in Place. And the day approaches for the Aging 2.0 Global Search Finalists to present. Meanwhile the CTA (Consumer Technology Association) Foundation launched its video contest for startups who want booth space at CES; and the Louisville Innovation Summit announced its pitch finalists. And those are just those in the older adult market segment, not even counting what may be initiated by LeadingAge or Argentum in senior housing or the plethora of upcoming health-related innovation conferences.

Aging 2.0 Global Startup Search Finalists Announced


We've scoured the globe to find very best aging-focused startups and we're bringing the finalists to you at the Aging2.0 OPTIMIZE conference! Throughout the last few weeks, the winners of local Global Startup Search events have been evaluated by online voters & expert judges.

Life365 Takes to the Road in Preparation for Fall 2016 Product Launch


PHOENIX, AZ, AUGUST 30, 2016— Life365 announced today that Kent Dicks, Founder & CEO of Life365, will speak at four upcoming conferences in anticipation of the companies’ wearable and health management platform release this fall.

Something’s rotten in care of the elderly – what does this week’s KHN tell us?

Do hospitals mismanage support for vulnerable older adults?  And we wonder why people, including doctors, avoid hospitals. We knew that an older adult going into the hospital experiences or departs with an unwanted side effect. Half a million per year acquire C.Difficile in hospitals -- costing $4.8 billion; ICU risk of death is 35% higher for elderly. And MRSA has a 12-month death rate of between 20 and 35% -- with the most vulnerable, you guessed it, the elderly.  But did you know that one-third of hospital patients over age 70 and half of the patients leave the hospital more disabled than when they arrived?  Question raised: what about appointed or actual advocates when elderly patients are admitted – is someone present or appointed by the hospital who will observe care, including vigilance about hand-washing or ICU treatment– perhaps the state-by-state Care Act address this in a future update.

GreatCall advances connected health options with introduction OF ALL-NEW Lively alert


SAN DIEGO – August 1, 2016 – GreatCall Inc., the leader in connected health for active aging, is redefining the relationship between caregivers and the health and safety of their family members  with the introduction of its Lively Alert. With unrivaled simplicity,  the Lively Alert offers one-touch access to its 5Star urgent response service as well as enhanced connectivity for data capture.

Philips launches line of clinically validated consumer health devices


Royal Philips is launching a big, consumer-focused push into digital health by introducing a line of medical-grade, connected health monitoring devices and integration with a mobile app and the company’s HealthSuite digital health platform. It’s the first in a planned series of personal health programs aimed at empowering older, at-risk patients to get healthy and prevent chronic diseases.

Tech and aging marketplace: Did you miss these posts?

Do VCs matter in the older adult space? According to a Stanford Business School analysis, in today's economy VCs have become a 'dominant force' in the financing of innovative companies. This began, they note, with "a regulatory change in 1979 that permitted pension funds to invest in VC funds."  Okay, but do VCs really matter? Now switch coasts and perspectives, note how a Harvard Business School report picked through six myths about VCs, pretty much debunking the rhetoric in the Stanford report. Most VC funds, especially larger ones, do not outperform the market. "VC financing is the exception, not the norm, for startups" and given the rise of crowd funding and a broad range of angel investors, "VCs will continue to play a significant, but most likely smaller, role in channeling capital to disruptive start-ups." The question to ponder:  which category of investor, and specifically which investor groups, are interested in the older boomer and senior markets?


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