High-Tech Home Care


Realtime data in emergency situations can be life saving. For the elderly and those who care about them, connected devices and systems that offer realtime-monitoring services and emergency response can provide much-needed peace of mind.

A new study from research firm Aging in Place Technology Watch, www.ageinplacetech.com, entitled “The Future of Home Care Technology,” suggests home-health and remote-monitoring technology solutions may help bridge the gap in care created by a general decline in nursing-home enrollment.

Meanwhile, the study says the market for home care has grown, creating a need for technology solutions that can help home-care professionals and their patients maximize care. In turn, technology providers are bringing M2M (machine-to-machine)-enabled solutions to market to enable this aging-in-place community. 

One company that offers cloud-based independent-living solutioa> and services, Independa, www.independa.com, is taking its Artemis wireless-monitoring platform a step further by integrating emergency-response capabilities through mPERS (mobile personal emergency-response system) provider GreatCall, www.greatcall.com.

GreatCall’s 5Star Urgent Response is a small GPS-enabled device with a button that, when pressed, connects the user to help. The goal of the partnership is to enhance caretakers’ ability to keep track of elderly patients who are living independently.

Traditionally, the Independa Artemis offering is a health and wellness monitoring system that connects sensors such as blood pressure, scales, and glucometers to its cloud platform. The GreatCall integration will add another layer of safety by using mobile and GPS technologies to provide a person’s realtime location in her moment of need.

Independa and GreatCall have agreed professional caregivers will be notified of patients’ distress calls, and the calls will be incorporated into Independa’s cloud-based Caregiver Web App, which provides a portal for realtime remote monitoring. In addition to the 5Star device, the companies say GreatCall’s Urgent Response service is offered on iPhone and Android-based mobile devices. The new services are planned to become available this fall.

Thanks to forward-thinking companies and technology providers intent on bringing easy-to-use solutions to life, the baby-boomer generation may be able to age more comfortably at home, with the help of connected devices.

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