MPERS

By Jonah Comstock June 17, 2016
At its World Wide Developers Conference this week, Apple introduced several updates to the health and fitness features on the Apple Watch that will come with the launch of the new WatchOS: a new emergency alert feature called SOS, some updates to the device's Activity app, and a new meditation app called Breathe. Breathe is an app that walks users through short deep-breathing exercises. Users can...
By Jonah Comstock May 24, 2016
Nearly a year after stepping down as CEO of Practice Fusion, Ryan Howard has announced his new venture, started with a team of other former Practice Fusion colleagues. The company is called iBeat, and its first product will be a wearable personal emergency response system (PERS) device aimed at the 50 to 70-year-old market. “It’s a clean-looking smartwatch. It’s really clean, really stylish, we’...
By Aditi Pai April 21, 2016
The number of people in Europe and North America that will use mobile telcare systems, also known as personal emergency response systems (PERS), will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 40 percent from 450,000 in 2015 to almost 3.4 million by 2021, according to a report from Berg Insight. Berg defines a mobile telecare system as one that uses a portable device with cellular connectivity and...
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 Brian Dolan September 1, 2015
The global mobile health market is expected to top $49 billion by 2020, according to research firm Grand View Research, which made the same prediction 18 months ago. In 2012 the firm valued the global mobile health market at $1.95 billion. Grand View predicts the market will have a compound annual growth rate of nearly 48 percent from 2013 to 2010. The increasingly large aging population and the...
By Jonah Comstock July 2, 2015
Seattle, Washington-based Numera, a longtime mobile health company that offers mobile personal emergency response devices as well as other telehealth tools, has had its mPERS and telehealth assets acquired by Carlsbad, California-based Nortek Security and Control. According to a Nortek FAQ, Nortek funded the transaction, valued at $12 million "plus contingent consideration based on future sales...
By Jonah Comstock May 7, 2015
The Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing yesterday to learn about the potential of aging in place technologies, including sensors and wearables. Aging In Place Technology Watch lead Laurie Orlov and VA Deputy Chief Patient Care Services Officer Maureen McCarthy testified, along with academics Marjorie Skubic from the University of Missouri and Carol Kim from the University of Maine....
By Jonah Comstock April 28, 2015
San Diego, California-based GreatCall, which makes easy to use smartphones and flip phones for seniors, has added automated fall detection to GreatCall Splash, the company's waterproof mobile personal emergency response (mPERS) device. When the technology detects a fall, it will contact trained operators at GreatCall's 5Star urgent response service. The company is partnering with Cambridge,...
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 Aditi Pai November 3, 2014
Philips has finally launched its cellular-enabled, mobile personal emergency response system (mPERS) device GoSafe, which was first announced at CES 2013 with an expected launch of March 2013. "The tools and technology Philips Lifeline has developed enable people to have greater independence while managing their own health care," Philips Lifeline General Manager Kimberly O'Loughlin said in a...

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