If you or a family member is wearing a traditional (tethered to your land-line based telephone) medical alert system, you probably won’t be in a few years. You see times they are a changing. Traditional land-line based telephone systems are becoming a thing of the past… And those land-line based medical alert systems (think “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up”) will be pushed out of the way by newer digital mobile devices. It’s actually happening right now… The medical alert industry is changing before our very eyes! The landscape in this market is changing at a rapid pace. Traditional form factors like the iconic pendant buttons could also be replaced. Did you know that there are medical alert apps out there for the iPhone and for Android devices? Wearable digital devices are the new rage. Think the new iWatch won’t have a medical alert app? Think again… The innovators out there (the companies that will lead this space) have already begun to go mobile. GreatCall, Philips and MobileHelp have already been leaning in this direction, and I’m guessing there are more innovators out there preparing to enter this space. The Senior List recently published a profile of 5 cellular based medical alert system providers currently on the market. There are 2 additional cell based medical alert systems scheduled to launch this fall. One from Philips Lifeline and from MobileHelp. Further “change agents” will see this market as ripe for innovation, and it should prove very interesting to follow.
Occasional contributor Chris Clark co-founded The Senior List and is a self-confessed Portland Trailblazers addict. Chris currently works for a multinational healthcare corp. and is based in beautiful Portland Oregon, USA.