Aging in Place Technology

By Neil Versel 04:29 am January 12, 2011
By Neil Versel The aging of tech-savvy baby boomers who want to retain control over their own lives will lead to greater adoption of wireless and mobile health products, helping to reposition healthcare around patients, a new report says. But advances may not be sustainable without a fundamental shift in the way healthcare is paid for and unless there is a greater social foundation to encourage...
By Brian Dolan 02:14 am November 24, 2010
Future plans for WellDoc? WellDoc has considered "including glucometer technology in cell phones and vice versa, as well as using location-based information to suggest menu items at nearby restaurants that would best suit a person's current blood sugar," according to this interview. Wireless Week If you're concerned about efficacy, this is worth a read: Why remote patient monitoring is over-hyped...
By Brian Dolan 01:04 pm September 29, 2010
Microsoft (finally?) joins Continue Health Alliance: According to a report in the EE Times, the Continua Health Alliance added new design guidelines for home health systems and also added a big name to its growing membership of more than 230 companies: Microsoft. I'm amazed Microsoft is just now joining Continua! I wouldn't rank them 230th on the list of companies interested in connected health...
By Brian Dolan 11:04 am September 8, 2010
Mobile operator Telenor Norway is currently testing aging in place technologies, including wireless-enabled motion sensors and pill boxes, according to a post on the operator's corporate site. The pilot system alerts patients' caregivers so they can intervene and provide assistance when needed. Lilly Ann Stenvold, mHealth researcher at Telenor Corporate Development, has worked on telemedicine...
By Brian Dolan 01:59 pm May 17, 2010
Robert Miller, executive director of technical research at AT&T is showing off AT&T's "smart slippers" prototype here at ATA 2010 in San Antonio, according to a report in Healthcare IT News. We have written about Miller’s smart innersole project a number of times in the past: AT&T, Texas Instruments and New York-based start-up 24Eight have created smart innersoles that can tell how...
By Brian Dolan 04:00 pm March 23, 2010
By Laurie Orlov, Aging In Place Technology Watch Spring has sprung for new and improved tech. Companies in the tech arena of supporting seniors and their caregivers are sporting fresh features and new companies have decided to shake off winter and launch at the Chicago ASA Conference. Each of these announcements is a significant one -- viewed collectively, 2010, as predicted, is already an...
By Brian Dolan 04:55 am March 23, 2010
After the What's Next Boomer Business Summit a group of some 50 representatives from aging technology firms met up for the first open meeting of the Aging Technology Alliance, also called AgeTek. The group originally formed in Janurary after the Silvers Summit at the Consumers Electronics Show in Las Vegas. What's particularly interesting about AgeTek is that its board of advisors are decidedly...
By Brian Dolan 09:56 am March 19, 2010
GE offers iPhone app IMAGES: GE Healthcare has released a new iPhone app for radiologists called IMAGES. The app launch follows closely on the heels of its consumer wellness app Morsel, which launched last month. Medgadget gets the sense that the app is more targeted toward GE's sales staff than their customers -- radiologists. Here's the standard Apple commercial for the app below: Apple hires...
By Brian Dolan 01:01 pm February 24, 2010
By Laurie Orlov, Aging In Place Technology Watch Apocalypse and opportunity -- the bet is that we're not going to age well. Our favorite gloom-and-doom source, CNBC, has offered up today's Doomsday Boomer Prediction. Those boomers are going to be a healthcare nightmare: "They visit the doctor more, they consume more services, and they aren’t afraid to use their $7 trillion in collective wealth...
By Brian Dolan 01:03 pm January 13, 2010
By Laurie Orlov, Founder, Aging in Place Technology Watch How CES is it? So by today, the press folks at the Consumer Electronics Show must have quite the headache from the racket and flashing displays. The Las Vegas onslaught of new electronics has been described in the NY TImes as a 'Deluge of Devices for Reading and Surfing', but I like Engadget's more playful term -- 'crapgadget' for...