MPERS

By Jonah Comstock June 19, 2017
Dutch investment company Main Capital Partners has acquired a majority stake in Verklizan, a Dutch telehealth infrastructure company. Currently Verklizan operates in the Netherlands, Germany, England, France, and Spain, but one of the goals of the acquisition is to support continued international expansion. Verklizan offers a "innovative, cloud-based, Connected Healthcare platform for social...
By Jonah Comstock June 7, 2017
GreatCall, the San Diego company that started out making smartphones for seniors in 2006 but now offers a suite of connected safety products for aging in place individuals, has been acquired by Chicago-based private equity firm GTCR. The amount of the deal was not disclosed. "The business services team has been focused on this PERS world for the better part of a decade, looking for the option...
By Jonah Comstock June 17, 2016
At its World Wide Developers Conference this week, Apple introduced several updates to the health and fitness features on the Apple Watch that will come with the launch of the new WatchOS: a new emergency alert feature called SOS, some updates to the device's Activity app, and a new meditation app called Breathe. Breathe is an app that walks users through short deep-breathing exercises. Users can...
By Jonah Comstock May 24, 2016
Nearly a year after stepping down as CEO of Practice Fusion, Ryan Howard has announced his new venture, started with a team of other former Practice Fusion colleagues. The company is called iBeat, and its first product will be a wearable personal emergency response system (PERS) device aimed at the 50 to 70-year-old market. “It’s a clean-looking smartwatch. It’s really clean, really stylish, we’...
By Aditi Pai April 21, 2016
The number of people in Europe and North America that will use mobile telcare systems, also known as personal emergency response systems (PERS), will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 40 percent from 450,000 in 2015 to almost 3.4 million by 2021, according to a report from Berg Insight. Berg defines a mobile telecare system as one that uses a portable device with cellular connectivity and...
By Jonah Comstock October 27, 2015
Nortek Security and Control (NSC), which bought mPERS and telehealth company Numera Libris this past summer, has announced the first new product from the Numera brand post-acquisition. Numera EverThere, a cloud-based data analytics and notification platforms for seniors aging in place. "We’re bringing together personal safety and emergency response with health monitoring and providing services...
By Brian Dolan September 1, 2015
The global mobile health market is expected to top $49 billion by 2020, according to research firm Grand View Research, which made the same prediction 18 months ago. In 2012 the firm valued the global mobile health market at $1.95 billion. Grand View predicts the market will have a compound annual growth rate of nearly 48 percent from 2013 to 2010. The increasingly large aging population and the...
By Jonah Comstock July 2, 2015
Seattle, Washington-based Numera, a longtime mobile health company that offers mobile personal emergency response devices as well as other telehealth tools, has had its mPERS and telehealth assets acquired by Carlsbad, California-based Nortek Security and Control. According to a Nortek FAQ, Nortek funded the transaction, valued at $12 million "plus contingent consideration based on future sales...
By Jonah Comstock May 7, 2015
The Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing yesterday to learn about the potential of aging in place technologies, including sensors and wearables. Aging In Place Technology Watch lead Laurie Orlov and VA Deputy Chief Patient Care Services Officer Maureen McCarthy testified, along with academics Marjorie Skubic from the University of Missouri and Carol Kim from the University of Maine....
By Jonah Comstock April 28, 2015
San Diego, California-based GreatCall, which makes easy to use smartphones and flip phones for seniors, has added automated fall detection to GreatCall Splash, the company's waterproof mobile personal emergency response (mPERS) device. When the technology detects a fall, it will contact trained operators at GreatCall's 5Star urgent response service. The company is partnering with Cambridge,...