Medical Alert Industry Going Digital

iWatch renderingIf 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.

emergency alert pendantThe 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.

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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.

  • Beverly

    I have been searching for a medical alert device for my mother, she has fallen a couple of times and is on a blood thinner, bad combination. She is very active so a mobile GPS device would be great however, she would also like it to be waterproof. Are you aware of any of the devices that would accommodate both, I am having difficulty finding one.
    Thanks

    • http://www.theseniorlist.com Amie

      Hi Beverly – Unfortunately we’re not aware of any waterproof GPS enabled medical alert systems either. With new coatings (sometimes applied to high end cell phones) we may see waterproofing soon, but not as yet. See our list of GPS enabled medical alert devices for a couple recommendations.

    • http://www.theseniorlist.com Amie

      Hi Beverly – Just noticed that GreatCall has a new waterproof pouch for their 5Star device. You can see this pouch on our facebook wall https://www.facebook.com/TheSeniorList

  • http://www.myalarmcare.com/alarmcare.php Medical Alarm System

    Very informative article! Great sharing about the rapidly booming technology!

  • Nance

    Thank you for the articles and your research on the newer items. It really helps to keep up to date. Great news on the alert systems that are the up and coming thing. Also going to check out the aps for android devices. Great service you are offering and I look forward to your emails.

    • http://www.theseniorlist.com Amie

      Is our pleasure Nance! We love writing about these topics, and glad you enjoy reading them :) Thanks for the feedback.