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WellAWARE Systems to Offer Philips Lifeline Medical Alert Service as part of their Health Monitoring Solution for Seniors

01/25/2011


RICHMOND, VA, January 25, 2011 - WellAWARE Systems, a leading developer of next-generation, activity-based wellness monitoring solutions for senior care providers, today announced it has entered into a co-marketing agreement with Philips Lifeline.  Philips Lifeline is the leading provider of medical alert services in North America, monitoring more than 700,000 subscribers.  The companies will collaborate to deliver their unique monitoring solutions into the home for the benefit of resident seniors. 

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Lifecomm to Preview Next Generation Mobile Personal Emergency Response System at CES

01/05/2011


Joint venture of industry leaders Hughes Telematics, Inc., Qualcomm Incorporated and American Medical Alert Corp.


LAS VEGAS, January 5, 2011– Lifecomm LLC will unveil its vision for the next generation Mobile Personal Emergency Response System (MPERS) at the Digital Health Summit, 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The stylish, technologically advanced device is expected to be commercially available by the end of 2011.


 

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December 2010 Newsletter - 2010 wrap and 2011 trends to watch


In the sweeping generalization category, 2010 was a year of significant progress in tech for an aging population. It was a year of greater general market awareness about the role of tech and aging thanks to NPR, more sophisticated technology capabilities, and a boost in training and interest among those who serve an older population. Let's round up 2010, a year in which the concept and goals of aging in place took off, creating buzz and greater interest in the related technologies and services to help individuals, families, and professional caregivers. As a result of 2010, let's look into the 2011 crystal ball -- when the first of the intrepid baby boomers becomes a 65-year-old 'senior boomer' (arggghhh!), predict a few things and express some hope for a few others:

Halo Monitoring Announces iPhone App

02/05/2010

Huntsville, AL (February 5, 2010) – Halo Monitoring, Inc., provider of the world’s most reliable and easy to use fall monitoring system, announced today a new iPhone app for baby boomer children to help care for aging parents. The app allows caregivers to confirm an aging parent is OK, securely track health information, and receive important fall alerts.

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Leading national in-home care provider to offer myHalo, emergency response system

12/07/2010


New National Partnership Provides Advanced Level of Care for Elderly



Leading national in-home care provider to offer myHalo, emergency response system

 

Halo Monitoring launches online contest to reward Halo Heros

10/04/2010

Halo Monitoring Launches Online Contest to Find and Reward Halo Heroes

Leading maker of personal emergency response system will award one year of 24/7 monitoring to 20 winners

When does "New" technology become mainstream?


Buzz in the press is good for all.  Articles about using technology to monitor aging parents -- like the most recent two in the Thursday NY Times by Hilary Stout and Eric Taub can be great for the aging tech industry. They generate buzz and interest in the media; they are syndicated and carried throughout the Internet; re-mailed (many times to me); they boost awareness of prospective buyers; and create curiosity and even leads, both of consumer prospects as well as vendors and dealer channels.  Given buzz like this, one might think that technologies to help monitor your aging parents will now be well-understood and vendors will have to spend less of their time educating and explaining, and more time just taking orders. We thought that when we read the February, 2009 Times article by John Leland. Meanwhile, Living Independently Group, now part of GE, launched QuietCare in 2003 -- when remote monitoring then really was fairly 'new'.  And then again, in September, 2009, in Business Week, when Arlene Weintraub wrote about the business of aging in place. Oh, were it true.

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