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Nortek Security & Control Introduces Integrated Proactive Wellness Solution

01/05/2016

 Nortek Security & Control LLC, a Nortek, Inc. company (Nasdaq: NTK), and a leader in health and wellness technology, announces the addition of health measurement data capturing capabilities via wireless connection to their Numera® Libris® mPERS solution. The Numera Libris will now integrate proactive health data so seniors and their families, as well as anyone with chronic illnesses, have the tools to track and share important health and activity information, empowering engagement and early intervention.

What mattered -- blog posts in aging and technology in 2015

2015 was an intriguing year for technology and aging. The market opportunity has become more apparent, as the oldest boomers reached aged 69.  Just for instance: there were multiple age-related fund launches; home care with tech underpinnings began to attract the lemming-like VCs; PERS offerings began to be integrated; speaking to devices (not typing) became increasingly possible; smartphones became tablet alternatives; senior housing organizations attempted re-branding of their offerings, likely to better match boomerdom. As we get closer to 2016 and summarizing key forward-looking trends, consider blog posts from 2015.

Consider aging tech and service long-term successes

When firms collapse noisily, peers notice.  Last week several firms commented (anonymously and by name) on the failure of Lively, a sensor-based home monitoring hub that tried too late to pivot into the PERS industry. Why do startups fail, anyway?  In this industry, it appears more often than not that the founders believed they were different from the other players in the market (Lifecomm or AtGuardianAngel); that consumers would shop in BestBuy for an unfamiliar category (Wellcore); that a celebrity would make a big difference (Floh Club).

GREATCALL INC. ACQUIRES LIVELY INC.

12/03/2015

SAN DIEGO - December 3, 2015 - GreatCall Inc., the leader in creating usable technology for active aging, has acquired the assets of Lively Inc., a connected home health platform for older adults. The acquisition is a key step in GreatCall’s commitment to growth and the development of its connected health portfolio.


Remote Patient Monitoring Disruptor Forms New Venture: Life365

11/04/2015

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Nov. 4, 2015 – Life365™ is proud to announce its official launch with formation of a new venture that plans to target unaddressed markets in the Smart Wearables space. Founder Kent Dicks, had previous success disrupting and bringing lower cost, mobile health technology products to the telehealth market – and plans to go to the next level, beyond hardware, with Rain™, a new dynamic Intelligent Wearables Platform that allows simpler, light weight technology solutions to be deployed to  a broader audience.

Consider the focus for elder care technologies -- what should it be?

Just as interest is heating up, could adoption stall?  Turns out we’ve been in an innovators' bubble for Digital Health's Hype-and-Hope (HAH). Who knew there were 10 indicators of doom ahead? Stating the obvious, 'entrepreneurs are creating products patients don’t want to use' and there aren’t enough 'reimbursement incentives to drive providers to prescribe.'  And those creating wearable and mobile variants seem to have missed sight of the target market – that is, boomers and beyond.

Five new technologies that can help older adults and their families

Some tech companies don’t see the senior market as an opportunity. They are the Peter Pan tech firms, the ones in which no one (including the customer) ever ages (you might know them as Facebook, Apple, Google, and Twitter). Meanwhile, from Nashville, France, and Germany, others see inclusion and extra services as good business, maybe because this market is pretty much ignored by the gang of four. Here are five companies that vary a platform or a product to make it more useful for an older adult market or service. – All material is derived from the vendor websites or press releases:

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