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...
May 22, 2019
Comcast is actively working on an in-home device for monitoring the health of seniors, people with disabilities and other at-risk individuals, according to anonymous sources cited by CNBC (whose parent company NBCUniversal is owned by Comcast). The telecommunications giant is planning pilots of the device and service before the end of the year, and could potentially aim for a 2020 commercial...
April 23, 2019
San Diego-based GreatCall, a seller of aging in place technologies purchased by Best Buy last year, is launching an updated version of its retail personal emergency response system. Called the Lively Mobile Plus, the new 4G LTE wearable can automatically contact urgent response agents when detecting a fall, or with the push of a button.
To start, changes to the device’s internal chipset and...
March 28, 2019
When it comes to the aging in place sector within digital health, there's other companies and then there's GreatCall. From its mid-2000s roots as a "smartphones for seniors" company, GreatCall has consistently seen the direction in which the market will turn and anticipated it, often by acquiring other companies like digital mPERS company Lively and remote monitoring company Healthsense. All this...