March 4, 2021
Yesterday Best Buy announced that it has brought a collection of senior-focused emergency-response services to the Apple Watch via its Lively brand, and plans to add fall detection down the line.
Apple Watch Series 4 device owners who are signed up with a Lively Health & Safety plan (which starts at $19.99 per month) can download the Lively app for on-the-wrist access to three of the service'...
December 15, 2020
Papa, a tech-enabled service that coordinates in-home senior companionship and assistance, has released a new health-management platform called Papa Health.
With this launch, Papa is expanding on its existing services to offer virtual primary care, urgent care and chronic care management through the platform.
The platform continues to utilize Papa Pals, the young adults that assist senior members...
November 12, 2020
Amazon has rolled out a slew of new features for its Alexa personal assistant that will help U.S. users check in on an aging family member from afar.
Called the Care Hub, the features allow users to program a set of activity alerts that are delivered from an in-home Alexa-enabled device to the caregiver's Alexa app. These can include a heads up when a senior first uses their Alexa device each day...
September 9, 2020
As older adults continue to adopt technology, digital health technologies will play an important role in helping them age in place, a new report from Rock Health predicts.
The report notes that although 77% of people over the age of 55 say they want to age in place, only 50% believe they will.
Barriers to aging in place can include home maintenance, lack of transportation and mobility, inadequate...
September 3, 2020
From my family to your doctor. Today marked the broad launch of FamHis, a white-label mobile platform for helping clinicians gather and reference a patient's family history.
Comprised of a free patient app and a provider portal, users and their families store and share their health records securely. Meanwhile, clinicians reviewing the data will receive an auto-generated pedigree and notifications...
April 29, 2020
The shift toward "aging in place" has been fueled by a range of health monitoring technologies – fall-detection pendants, emergency alert systems, fingertip blood pressure monitors, ECG patches and so on. But the senior population has needs and preferences unique from the general population, creating a home health monitoring challenge that can't simply be solved by sending them home with clinical...
February 13, 2020
Intuition Robotics, an artificial intelligence company that has built an in-home companion robot, has raised $36 million in Series B funding.
The raise was headed by SPARX Group and OurCrowd, with additional participation from Toyota AI Ventures, Sompo Holdings, iRobot, Union Tech Ventures, Happiness Capital, Samsung Next, Capital Point and Bloomberg Beta. It brings the AI company’s total...
September 2, 2019
Across the U.S. and Europe, the population is rapidly aging. In Finland this "silver tsunami" is particularly true.
Roughly 22% of the country’s population is over the age of 65, a figure only expected to grow over the next decade, according to Statistics Finland. Moreover, in about 50 years over a third of the population will be classified as a senior citizen.
In the nation’s capital, the...
June 3, 2019
Update/Correction: This story has been updated with an additional statement from GreatCall. In addition, the headline originally referred erroneously to the Lively Mobile device, which was not affected by the defect or the recall.
Best Buy subsidiary GreatCall has quietly and voluntarily recalled some portion of its recently-launched Lively MobilePlus devices, and has halted the sale of new units...
June 3, 2019
Best Buy has acquired remote senior monitoring service Critical Signal Technologies (CST) and will use its platform to bolster a push into the Medicare Advantage market, the retail electronics company shared during a May 23 investor call.
Best Buy did not outline the terms of the deal during the call, only specifying that it had closed during Q2, funded with existing cash and not expected to have...