December 5, 2013
AT&T on Wednesday officially launched its mobile personal emergency response system (mPERS) to both the consumer and enterprise markets.
The system, called AT&T EverThere, provides modern passive monitoring — with automatic fall detection — as well as GPS location and cellular connectivity over the public AT&T wireless network for use outside the home. There also is a panic button for...
October 1, 2013
Wearable connected device revenues will grow to more than $6 billion in 2018, according to new findings from ABI Research. The survey tracked four areas: sports, fitness and wellness; home monitoring devices; remote patient monitoring; and professional (on-site) healthcare.
Of the four markets, sports, fitness and wellness was the largest, always producing at least half the revenue over the...
October 1, 2013
Personal emergency response system (PERS) maker QMedic has won $2.2 million from the National Cancer Institute "to create next-generation passive sensing and self-report tools to enhance clinical interventions for at-risk patients."
The funding will allow the team to launch a three year clinical pilot with Northwestern University’s Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center (RHLCCC) in Chicago,...
September 18, 2013
Aging-in-place startup Lively has put its home monitoring product in general release this week after landing $4.8 million in venture capital. Cambia Health Solutions led the Series A round, while Lively's seed investor Maveron also contributed, San Francisco-based Lively announced Tuesday.
Lively, which combines stylish wireless sensors and a data-collection hub with biweekly printed mailers, is...
September 10, 2013
Sweden-based Doro has announced a partnership with French device company Withings. Owners of Doro's new smartphone, Liberto 810, will be able to get certain Withings products at a discount. The companies plan to bring a similar offering to the United States by as early as next year.
Doro, which specializes in making phones for seniors, aims to demonstrate that combined with an adapted smartphone...
August 20, 2013
Y-Combinator-backed Amulyte made news last week when the Canadian startup launched its senior monitoring system, offering the elderly an on-the-go device connected to a companion app. Features of the device include a help button, fall detection, and activity tracking, while the app offers phone, email and text notifications.
Amulyte founder Jaclyn Konzelmann wrote on the company's website about...
March 14, 2013
Don't look now, but we may have our next hot spot in mobile health: mobile personal emergency response systems, or mPERS.
You're probably waiting for me to come down hard on the expected gold rush from venture capitalists and entrepreneurs who see dollar signs in our aging population. Nope. Come and get it, I say.
"Players in the market will enter from the security, [wireless] carrier, remote...
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...
December 6, 2012
Nursing homes, assisted-living facilities and other senior residences, it is time to join the 21st Century. Those panic buttons you routinely give your residents have got to go. Now.
If you grew up in the 1980s like I did, you know that "I've fallen and I can't get up" became as much a part of the lexicon as "Where's the beef?" or "I pity the fool." That was the tagline for an early personal...
October 18, 2012
Embedded Wireless Labs, a Dallas-based maker of a remote patient monitoring platform and a new mobile personal emergency response system (mPERS), has signed an exclusive deal with AT&T to add 4G LTE connectivity to its products.
AT&T will provide the ultrafast mobile data service for continuous monitoring of the elderly, people with chronic diseases and others recently discharged from...