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By Jonah Comstock 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...
By Dave Muoio 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...
By Dave Muoio April 10, 2019
VR cardiac care training. Healthcare training and education firm Health Scholars has launched a VR training simulation to help clinicians practice their advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) skills. The app was built to follow the American Heart Association’s guidelines and programs and incorporates a voice recognition component. “Our mission is to improve patient safety, and by virtualizing ACLS...
By Jonah Comstock 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...
By Dave Muoio January 29, 2019
Aging in place tech company GreatCall (now owned by Best Buy) and long-term care insurer CNA have struck a partnership that will deploy in-home remote monitoring to the latter’s policyholders. GreatCall’s Lively Home and Lively Mobile, versions of its personal emergency response system, will both be available alongside support from GreatCall’s Care Team, which observes trends in remotely recorded...
By Dave Muoio November 13, 2018
GreatCall, a tech company for aging individuals that was recently acquired by Best Buy, has partnered with Lyft to launch GreatCall Rides, a service that allows seniors to book rides without the use of a smartphone app. Instead, seniors with Jitterbug phones press a single button to be connected to an operator that will coordinate the ride. The service was piloted in five markets, and is now...
By Jonah Comstock August 30, 2018
Fresh off the news of its acquisition by Best Buy, aging in place tech company GreatCall has announced the Jitterbug Smart2, the first update since 2016 to its line of smartphones for seniors. It was the original Jitterbug flip phone for seniors that first launched the company in 2006. Since then the company has grown to include a senior care call center and a line of personal emergency response...
By Jonah Comstock August 15, 2018
San Diego-based GreatCall — an old guard digital health company which started out making smartphones for seniors in 2006 but now offers a suite of connected safety products and services for aging in place individuals — has been acquired by retail chain Best Buy for $800 million. GreatCall was previously acquired in June 2017 by private equity firm GTCR for an undisclosed amount. GTCR is selling...
By Heather Mack June 8, 2017
Novartis and IBM Watson are working together on a new initiative to improve cancer care. In what the pharmaceutical company called a “first-of-its-kind collaboration, the two will use IBM Watson’s cognitive computing tools to leverage Novartis’s portfolio of breast cancer compounds and real-world patient data. The goal is to use data analytics and machine learning to determine which combinations...
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...