Aging in Place Technology

By Jonah Comstock October 19, 2017
The Thrive Innovation Center in Louisville, Kentucky opened today. The Center is a nonprofit dedicated to showcasing new aging in place technologies in partnership with tech companies like Samsung, CDW Healthcare, Lenovo, and Aruba, as well as a number of aging tech startups. "We really wanted to create a center that was more of an experiential center, not a tradeshow floor," CEO and Executive...
By Brian Dolan October 16, 2015
The more than 76 million baby boomers in the US are a ripe market for companies building digital health devices and services, but few such companies have successfully designed their offerings for the demographic. That's one of the preliminary conclusions of a recently published California HealthCare Foundation report called Baby Steps: Will Boomers Buy into Mobile Health?, written by Laurie Orlov...
By Aditi Pai August 21, 2014
Medical device maker HealthSense raised $10 million in equity, debt, and securities in a round led by Mansa Capital with additional investment from existing investors Merck Global Health Innovation Fund and Radius Ventures. Another existing investor that wasn't mentioned in this round is Fallon Community Health Plan. This brings the company's total funding to date to at least $17 million. “Mansa...
By Aditi Pai May 8, 2014
Global revenue for home healthcare devices and services will rise to $12.6 billion in 2018, up from $5.7 billion in 2013, according to a report from IHS Technology. IHS divided the home health market into six segments: independent living services, consumer medical devices, telehealth, personal emergency response systems (PERS), wearable technologies, and health gaming. “Healthcare providers are...
By Jonah Comstock February 15, 2013
Philips GoSafe: The latest PERS offering from Philips Lifeline. Like every other commercially available PERS offering, it does not claim to prevent falls. According to the CDC, falls are the number one cause of injury death among older adults and the number one reason for hospital admissions for trauma. Falls are a serious problem for older people living at home, and a burden on our healthcare...
By Brian Dolan January 11, 2013
This was the first year that personal emergency response service (PERS) provider Philips Lifeline setup a booth at the massive Consumer Electronic Show, where it launched GoSafe, a cellular-enabled, mobile version of its popular Lifeline PERS service. For the past few years companies like MobileHelp, GreatCall, Verizon, AT&T, Lifecomm, SecuraTrac, Vesag and others have announced or...
By Neil Versel October 1, 2012
In remotely installing a software upgrade for all of its U.S. customers, the maker of a "smart bed" system for hospitals and post-acute rehab facilities, claims to have developed the country's first application that biometrically validates bed position changes through a secure, cloud-based monitoring platform. The new Position Change feature from BAM Labs, Campbell, Calif., an optional feature in...
By Brian Dolan September 25, 2012
Minnesota-based aging in place technology company Healthsense has raised $7 million in its fourth round of funding led by new investors Merck Global Health Innovation Fund and Fallon Community Health Plan. Healthsense offers a remote monitoring platform for the senior care market called eNeighbor, a WiFi-enabled passive monitoring service that alerts care givers to emergencies like falls. The...
By Neil Versel April 26, 2012
Maybe home-based patient monitoring is not quite ready to take off after all. Some of you may be aware that I was looking for the right piece of monitoring technology not too long ago to help my family keep tabs on my 93-year-old grandmother, who had been living alone far from the rest of us. That's not an issue for the moment because she's been staying with my parents for the last month or so,...
By Brian Dolan April 25, 2012
This week aging in place technology vendor Independa announced that it had topped up its most recent round of funding to $2.35 million. Independa announced $1.6 million in funding last September and since then it has added about $750,000 in additional funds from new and existing investors, including Miramar Venture Partners and City Hill Ventures. Independa said it is already in discussions with...

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