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Five Aging and Health Technology Blog Posts from September 2020

The boomer-and-beyond market has caught the eye of the tech industry.  As a busy September wound down, new announcements in the voice first category were of particular interest. These include GreatCall’s new Lively Flip phone with voice services and the announcement that Amazon’s Alexa has added 80,000 answers to healthcare questions through a partnership with Digital Health company Sharecare. And on 9/24 Amazon announced CareHub, a way to monitor family members from afar. As if that weren’t enough, a tech track at Argentum’s annual (now virtual) conference included a session on Voice First (with Ryan Elza and Nick Patel, sponsored by CDW Healthcare) in a long list of tech enablement session entries. Also at Argentum, existing tech players added features for Covid-19 and more.  Finally, a new report details access limitations and disparate costs for high speed Internet across the US. Here are five other posts:

HANDSFREE HEALTH LAUNCHES NEW INTEGRATED MEDICAL ALERT HEALTH SYSTEM FOR CONSUMERS

09/28/2020

WAYNE, Pa., Sept. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- HandsFree Health™, provider of WellBe®, a secure, HIPAA compliant, voice-enabled virtual health assistant platform, today announced a medical alert system that integrates 24/7 emergency monitoring with the popular voice assistant, WellBe. This offering disrupts the medical alert category which typically only provides passive support unless utilized in an emergency. The new medical alert experience uniquely combines the WellBe® Emergency Alert Smartwatch, WellBe voice assistant, and WellBe app for wellness support with emergency services help.

Pendent medical alerts evolve – and will disappear

Surprise (maybe) – Philips puts Lifeline business up for auction.  How do I know this? Not from any news article other than PERS Insider, a newly created newsletter for those who track the medical alert industry.  Probably given the Q1 profit drop, they had to do something about the steep revenue decline of their Personal Health businesses.  You may not remember that Philips acquired the Lifeline business in 2006 for $750 million.  What did they get for that investment? The leader in the “Medical Alert/Medical Alarm/PERS space.” You pick the term -- or let the search engine do it in order to show you each paid ad after paid ad.

What use is a PERS smart watch without a call center?

You see PERS news releases on occasion. PERS -- Personal Emergency Response System -- is a long-time market dominated by pendants worn around the neck. Recently Parks Associates sized the PERS market to be $1.1 billion by 2024 -- others think it is a $3.1 billion market today. Also early in the year, Vidapoint was announced as a 'global' low cost offering. LifeStation announced Mobile LTE, small and fast, a pendant linked to a sizable 24-hour call center.  Then in April, Verizon does it again, launches a PERS, this time a smart watch offering, called the Care Smart Watch for seniors.   Let us remember Verizon’s last short attention span for this space. Its Sureresponse™ PERS pendant was new in this research conducted in 2012. The quotes are from executive Jonathan Hinds who departed in 2014, not coincidentally when Verizon stopped selling it. Sureresponse was mostly erased from the Internet by 2016, except for user documentation,  online reviews, some not so hot.   

Verizon Unveils Care Smart Watch for Seniors

06/24/2020

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., April 16, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Staying connected with loved ones has never been more important. Today, Verizon introduced the Care Smart watch, designed for seniors to keep them connected while giving their loved ones peace of mind. The watch comes with its own phone number and a companion app (Verizon Care Smart), creating a simple way to stay in close contact with friends & family members. Starting April 16, you can preorder the Care Smart watch for $149.99 and receive $50 off with the purchase of a smartphone.*

LifeStation Introduces Mobile LTE: Next Generation Personal Emergency Response System

12/05/2019

LifeStation, a leading provider of medical alert monitoring systems and connected health solutions for aging seniors and caregivers, has announced the launch of LifeStation Mobile LTE, the most advanced mobile medical alert device in the industry.

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VIDAPOINT™ TAKES PERSONAL EMERGENCY SERVICE GROWTH WORLDWIDE

02/05/2020

Global Wireless Health Limited (GWH) introduced Vidapoint™, a comprehensive yet cost-effective personal emergency monitoring solution for delivering help to elders -previously not available many places in the world. As a result it will help more organizations control and reduce the costs of potential elder injury and recovery and care–especially from falls.

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