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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...
By Heather Mack December 21, 2016
Fitbit has added four new corporate customers to its portfolio: New insurer York Life, mail and message management company Pitney Bowes, software company SAP and Sharp Healthcare, a nonprofit regional healthcare system in San Diego. The company, which has seen success getting into many corporate wellness programs, cites data from ABI Research that suggests programs that incorporate wellness...
By Jonah Comstock December 20, 2016
San Diego-based GreatCall, an aging-in-place tech company that makes both phones for seniors and mPERS, has acquired Healthsense, a Minnesota-based remote monitoring company. The terms of the deal were undisclosed. This is the second major acquisition for GreatCall -- which started out only making smartphones for seniors -- that expands its participation in the aging tech space. GreatCall bought...
By Jonah Comstock February 10, 2016
MobiHealthNews' last crowdfunding roundup wasn't too long ago, but there are already a number of new digital health apps and devices on Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Read on below for a smart water bottle and a smart baby bottle, PERS and PHRs, an activity tracker for swimming, an app for anxiety, and more. Flo Flo is a smartphone-connected noncontact thermometer. Like Withings’ recently-announced...
By Aditi Pai January 5, 2016
Only a month after GreatCall announced that it had acquired the assets of aging in place startup Lively, GreatCall unveiled the Lively Wearable by GreatCall.  The device, worn on the wrist or around the neck, tracks activity and offers a mobile emergency response service via a one-touch button that connects seniors to a team of highly trained agents in emergency situations. The Lively Wearable...
By Jonah Comstock December 3, 2015
San Diego-based GreatCall, which offers digital health services and devices to seniors, has acquired the assets of aging in place startup Lively for an undisclosed amount. "GreatCall's leadership in active aging is rooted in customer knowledge. With a deep understanding of the needs of our customers, we have been uniquely positioned to build awareness of key issues and develop products and...