caregivers

By Aditi Pai February 8, 2016
Some 56 percent of caregivers said that in the past year they have become more reliant on online health information than they were in the year prior, according to an Edelman survey of 1,500 US adults.  Edelman split the respondents into different groups with 420 millennial respondents, 826 generation X respondents, 254 seniors, and 200 caregivers, which Edelman defines as people who are...
By Jonah Comstock October 27, 2015
Nortek Security and Control (NSC), which bought mPERS and telehealth company Numera Libris this past summer, has announced the first new product from the Numera brand post-acquisition. Numera EverThere, a cloud-based data analytics and notification platforms for seniors aging in place. "We’re bringing together personal safety and emergency response with health monitoring and providing services...
By Jonah Comstock July 27, 2015
HelpAround, the Israel-based startup that raised $550,000 last year to bring the sharing economy to diabetes care, has launched a new app, Alert, which uses HealthKit data in realtime to provide support to patients. The app imports glucose data from HealthKit and, when it detects a reading outside of a predetermined range, a popup gives the user a one-touch option to contact a predetermined list...
By Jonah Comstock December 18, 2014
A wearable device with an emergency button, from Lifecomm. Parks Associates has released new research about caregivers and the role digital health devices play in their lives. According to Parks, 41 percent of US caregivers in households with broadband internet use a digital health device. Eight percent use some kind of online tool to coordinate their efforts. The report, "360 View: Health...
By Jonah Comstock March 3, 2014
As we reported in our Friday in-depth report on payers at HIMSS, Aetna is shutting down its InvolveCare caregiver support app. The app has been in full beta, but will not receive a full commercial launch. Users will have until April 28 to download their data before having it deleted. "InvolveCare was introduced last fall and was in the late stage of a Beta roll-out," Aetna Communications Director...
By Jonah Comstock July 16, 2013
The Department of Veterans Affairs has fully launched its pilot, announced last year, in which it's distributing 1,000 iPads to family caregivers of veterans loaded with 10 specially-created apps. "There are three things that we're looking at in the pilot," said Kathleen Frisbee, Director of Web and Mobile Solutions in the Veterans Health Administration. "The first is the impact of the iPads on...
By Jonah Comstock June 20, 2013
New research from the Pew Internet and American Life Project shows that adults who are unpaid caregivers for a parent or child use online and mobile health tools considerably more than the average American, but only 59 percent of connected caregivers find internet tools helpful in giving care. Fifty-two percent said that online tools helped them deal with the stress of being a caregiver. "If this...
By Jonah Comstock April 24, 2013
According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, there are more than 65 million unpaid caregivers in the United States -- friends or family members who take care of a loved one. And even more people than that are caring for their children and their pets. Rajiv Mehta (founder of Zume Life and Tonic) is about to launch a new app for those caregivers called Unfrazzle. Mehta and partner David...
By Brian Dolan June 23, 2010
Partners Healthcare's Center for Connected Health announced that Vitality's GlowCap service raised medication adherence rates 27 percent for a group of hypertensive patients. The group using GlowCaps achieved 98 percent adherence, while another group using GlowCaps plus financial incentives hit 99 percent adherence. For those that don't know, here's how Vitality describes GlowCaps: They "fit...
By Brian Dolan April 19, 2010
By Bradley Merrill Thompson (I would like to thank Tim Gee of Medical Connectivity Consulting and Mike Robkin for their comments on a draft. The views expressed, right or wrong, are only the author’s and should not be attributed to anyone else.) At mHealth meetings, I keep hearing representatives from hospitals and other healthcare caregivers say they don’t believe FDA regulations extend to...

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