Product Review: Better Alerts

Medical Alert Reviews - Better AlertsBetter Alerts is a newer addition to the Mobile Personal Emergency Response System (MPERS) market, a market that’s seen some very exciting companies enter the fray.  These new medical alert system providers are challenging the traditional market dynamics, and forcing others to innovate (or die).

Better Alerts uses a winning combination of an Alert App + a Pebble Smart Watch (paired to a smartphone) to provide a comprehensive alert system.  Better Alerts founder, Doug Hopkins worked for a traditional medical alert system company and heard customers asking for devices that worked with smartphones. After watching “wearable” devices come to life, Doug saw an opportunity for seniors to use that same technology to maintain their independence.  Mr. Hopkins saw the need for something different, and he took action.

Seniors don’t have to stand for having to carry another device for home and mobile protection other than their smartphone and Pebble watch.  The days of wearing a Velcro wrist band with a button that doesn’t have any other functionality such as time, date, steps taken etc. are over.  Seniors can maintain their independence with a stylish functional watch not one of those “buttons”. – Doug Hopkins, Founder

Better Alerts has all the features that we have come to expect with new personal emergency response system companies.  Features like fall detection, alert buttons, activity tracking, medication reminders and a geo-fence that sends location alerts to caregivers

Easy Set Up

The installation of the Pebble app and Better Alerts app was very easy on my Android device (iOS also available) and it only took a few minutes to set up.   Once the Pebble smart watch was paired with my phone (bluetooth enabled), I was ready to enter caregiver information in my personalized dashboard.

better alerts mobile app snapshot

The Pebble Smart Watch as a Customizable Safety Watch

I was curious about why Doug chose the Pebble Watch to host his innovative medical alert app:

We identified the Pebble as the best piece of hardware due to its reliability, the fact that it is waterproof, affordable for seniors, and had good battery life.  The Pebble also is an open platform so it could be developed for iOS and Android where the Samsung smart watch only works with a Samsung phone, same with the Apple smart watch. – Doug Hopkins, Founder

This was my first time using a Pebble and I really liked the product.  In addition to installing the Better Alerts app, I found myself using it for email, texts, and music apps.  It was easy to use once I pushed all the buttons to see what they would do.  The Better Alerts app worked seamlessly with the Pebble and was intuitive as well.  The battery on the Pebble lasts from 5-7 days, depending on usage and charged fully in about 3 hours.

pebble smart watch

Better Alerts Features

Better Alerts offers pretty much everything we like to see in a medical alert system.

  • Pebble Smart Watch is Waterproof
  • Fall Detection Alert- *coming soon* client or caregiver to be able to adjust the sensitivity of the fall detection based on their lifestyle
  • Safe Zone- can be set to a range of 200, 300, 400 yards or 1 mile from home address.  When the Safe Zone is broken an Alert with a Google Maps™ locator is immediately sent to the Caregiver and Emergency Contacts with a live locator following them down the road.
  • Medication Reminders– once med reminders are set up, user and/or caregiver will receive vibrating reminders of med and description displayed on the watch.
  • Activity Reports- the Pebble Smart Watch has a pedometer to record steps.
  • Alert Buttons- within the Better Alerts App on the Pebble smart watch, one button can be used to summon a pre-designated caregiver, another button can be used to call 911 directly.
  • No Long Term Contracts

The Bottom Line

Better Alerts is competitively priced  starting at $19.95/month for a “Basic Plan” with limited features and you must purchase Pebble Smart Watch separately.  The “Total Protection Plan” is $29.95/month and it includes a free Pebble Smart Watch and all the features Best Alerts has to offer.  I’m impressed with all the features wrapped up in this little watch and its companion app.  It was also very easy to set up.

Better Alerts might be too complicated for seniors that aren’t tech savvy.  Some folks might also be confused by the multiple buttons on the Pebble Smartwatch.  It’s also very important to note that the Better Alerts Medical Alert System REQUIRES a smartphone (to pair with the watch), so that’s an imperative. All-in-all we think it’s a great integrated system, with a lot of nifty features.

Product Review: V.ALRT Emergency Alert Button

V.ALRT is a great alert system for Independent Seniors

As the medical alert system industry continues its evolution towards connected devices, the V.ALRT app (and help button) are leading the way.  Made by VSN Mobil, an up and coming company that offers a range of innovative products. One of our favorites is the V.ALRT help button.  This little button is breaking traditional medical alert industry rules, and that is very exciting.

One of those long-standing rules is the idea of monthly fees.  We’re happy to tell you that the V.ALRT system has NO MONTHLY FEES.  Yes, it’s crazy, but true.

The V.ALRT help button can be purchased for $59.99 and that’s it.  No reoccurring fees, no hidden charges.  V.ALRT does many of the things we have been asking for in a medical alert system. And if that weren’t exciting enough, for a limited time, IF you use our discount code, you can receive an additional 25% off.  Click the link –> Senior List Discount and use code –> valrt25

The V.ALRT button comes in a variety of form factors.  It can be worn around the neck, as a watch (the button comes with a simple black watch band), on a key fob or discretely placed in a pocket, bag, or purse.   The V.ALRT is waterproof, has optional fall detection, and a long-lasting battery. More on that below!

Valrt can be worn as a lanyard

Key fob or Pendant Option

Valrt as a watch with a flexible comfortable band

Flexible Comfortable Watch Band

V.ALRT Medical Alert Button

Discreet poker chip sized button

Easy Set-Up

We tested out the V.ALRT in our home lab.  The first step is downloading the V.ALRT app to any compatible smartphone.  The V.ALRT connects to the smartphone via bluetooth connection.  So if the user doesn’t have a smartphone, this is not the right product for them (see my wish list below).

Connecting the device to my phone took a little time, however the folks at V.ALRT explained that the time to connect varies depending on the phone and version of bluetooth.  Once the devices were paired, I was able to enter the information about who I wanted the system to contact IF I pushed the button or had a fall.  V.ALRT does not call 911, it only contacts the people you designate.

V.ALRT App Settings

Text, Phone and GPS Location Notification

Once the alert button is pressed, or a fall is detected, the V.ALRT will send information to the pre-designated contacts with a personalized message through the app.  First, a text message with GPS location included is sent, then the app automatically dials the number of the contact to place a call.  I see this feature coming in handy in emergency situations where trying to call out is too stressful or a user is physically unable to access their phone.   I’m personally going to use V.ALRT when I am out running or cycling on my own.   The alerts and messaging are completely customizable through the app.

V.Alrt would be helpful on this remote running race

I should have been wearing V.ALRT

Fall Detection and Out of Range Alerts

Within the V.ALRT app, users can turn on (or off) the Fall Detection and Tracker Alerts.  If a fall is detected, the app will send an alert after a 60 second countdown to eliminate the chances of false alarms.  If a user has a fall and is able to press the button themselves, then that scenario would be ideal.  The fall detection feature is meant for situations where the user is not able to press the button.

I found the fall detection difficult to trigger with the “false” falls I was acting out to see how sensitive the device was.  The last hard fall I took sounded the alarm and sent an alert to my husband’s phone, just like it promised.  If the alert button is disconnected or travels out of range, an alert (optional) is sent to the button and the tethered phone.

V.ALRT notifications for alerts

Long Battery Life and Waterproof

Another complaint I have with many medical alert systems is their battery life.  V.ALRT’s battery can last up to a year depending on usage, and once a change is needed, it’s simply a watch battery that can be replaced by the user.  When I asked Matt Gordon, VP of Strategic Marketing, about other features in the works for V.ALRT like activity tracking and a microphone, he replied that those great features would impact the battery life and have not been added, yet.  The push button is waterproof and can be worn in the bath and shower.  I tested this feature with multiple showers, a dog bath, and a spilled drink with no side effects.

No Monthly Fees

This is my absolute favorite part about V.ALRT.  As I mentioned earlier, the V.ALRT costs $59.99 (see code below for an additional 25% discount).  There are no monthly fees, no set-up costs, no contracts.  This is a device that could be shared among users if needed, although at the price, why not buy one for the whole family?  I think of V.ALRT as a family safety product, not necessarily a medical alert button for seniors.  In fact, I will be using one for myself, and will likely purchase one for my kids.

IF you use The Senior List discount code, you can receive an additional 25% off.  Click the link –> Senior List Discount and use code –> valrt25

V.ALRT is a great alert system for kids

My Wish List for V.ALRT

After reviewing medical alert systems for a few years now, I have this idea of what I think is the perfect system.  V.ALRT is great, and if they want my advice on V.ALRT 2.0, here is what I’m hoping for.

  • Un-tethered technology: While the statistics are impressive — Experts say that by 2017 50% of seniors will own smartphones. However, there are still those won’t ever own one.  Plus, I don’t always carry my phone with me, especially in my home.
  • Speakerphone: I really like alert systems that have a speaker built into the device.  Especially for those with impaired hearing.
  • Activity alerts: Many new alert systems come with activity tracking and they will alert if they sense any abnormalities.  I have come to appreciate that functionality in a medical alert system, and I’m starting to expect it.

How To Buy Medical Alert Systems – Top Questions To Ask

Lively Safety WatchesWe’ve written extensively about purchasing medical alert systems, and offered tips for consumers to get the best value when doing so.  This is not an easy industry to navigate.  There are really good providers out there, and some not so good.  Many medical alert providers even try locking consumers into long-term contracts so they can hold you hostage – regardless of your satisfaction levels.  A word of warning… There are still medical alert providers that practice this long-term-contract policy… None of those providers are recommended by The Senior List.

Years ago, we offered up a top 10 list of questions to ask, when buying a medical alert system.  We wanted to offer a blanket of protection in the form of a checklist so you didn’t get taken by providers that didn’t have your best interest at heart. Conversely, we’re very happy to advocate for those medical alert providers that we believe offer the best services.  These are the same providers that we recommend to our friends and family, and we send them business all the time!  That’s the back-bone of The Senior List… Enabling consumers to make quality choices among the best providers in the market.  We do the research ahead of time, so you can focus on your loved one and their care needs.

Since our old top 10 list is a bit dated, (and geared toward traditional in-home medical alert systems) I thought I’d offer up these general questions to get you started on the right foot:

Top 10 Questions to Consider When Buying Medical Alert Systems

1.  Do I need a traditional in-home medical alert system or a cellular based medical alert system?  Click here for more on this –> Traditional vs Cellular Medical Alert System 

2.  Am I comfortable trying out one of the newer medical alert systems on the market, like the Lively Safety Watch or the QMedic Smart Medical Alert?  They may not have the history of some of the traditional providers, but these guys are legit.

3.  Does someone install this for me or do I install it myself?  Is there help available to guide me through the process?

4. Who staffs the call center, where are they located, and what are the average response times?  How are they trained?

5.  Do I need automatic fall detection?  The auto fall detection feature is available on many models of medical alert systems, but not all. It automatically notifies the call center if it thinks the user has fallen.  There are limitations to fall detection technology, and this “fall detection” feature has both strong advocates and strong detractors.

6.  Does the medical alert system come with other services like medication reminders, or anything else?  Do those additional services cost extra?

7.  Is this device mine to keep, or am I required to return it when I’m finished with it?  Am purchasing the device hardware?  You’ll want to ask this question to be clear.

8.  Can I cancel my contract at any time?  Don’t get locked into long-term contracts with no out clauses.  You’ll find that the provider has no incentive to provide quality service if they’ve got you shackled for a year or more.  (Yes we’ve heard horror stories of 3 year contracts…)  You need to know if there are penalties of any kind for canceling my service agreement?

9.  What is my total monthly cost?  Is there an incentive for pre-payment?  Do you return pre-payments if I cancel my service?

10.  Is the medical alert system covered under a warranty?  What happens if something goes wrong with the equipment?

medical alert systemsIf you’d like more help and/or additional resources to help you purchase medical alert systems, browse around The Senior List, we have a compendium of articles to help you through this process.  Also, visit our Medical Alert System Buyers Guide as it has a lot of great information as well.

Have any other tips to add?  We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

The Tempo Medical Alert From CarePredict

Tempo medical alert from CarePredictWe’re watching an interesting start-up company in the medical alert space.  The company is called CarePredict and they have a very interesting in-home medical alert device called “Tempo” (which is not yet commercially available).  The Tempo device is different than a traditional medical alert system in that it’s a “wearable” that tracks activity and patterns through sophisticated algorithms.  Sensors placed around the home pick-up the activity (or lack thereof) in various rooms like the kitchen for example.  The technology looks for changes in behaviors that could predict an emergency before it occurs.

Tempo Medical Alert from CarePredict

CarePredict was founded by Satish Movva who decided he needed a better way to be in touch with his parents, and with their health. He teamed up with Dr. Krishna Vedala (co-founder) to develop a new device that tracks user patterns throughout the home. In the realm of aging in place technology the Tempo could set itself apart from other in-home medical alert systems.

Tempo medical alert from CarePredict

The CarePredict “Tempo” learns the normal activities of your loved one and then records those patterns in a “rhythm journal”.  If there’s ever a change, you get an alert notifying you of a potential medical issue before it occurs. The predictive nature of this medical alert is what sets it apart of the reactive pendant style medical alert systems (think I’ve fallen and I can’t get up).  Traditional medical alert systems notify family members or call centers during a medical emergency.

CarePredict™ Tempo™ is wrist-worn sensor with sophisticated software. It has a band that switches out for different looks. The sensor detects motion – walking, running, sitting, standing, or lying down – and location; and the software figures out the activities. It transmits data and charges wirelessly so there are no cords or plugs. – CarePredict.com

We’re going to keep our eyes on CarePredict and hope to get our hands on a unit for an evaluation. If you have any thoughts about this new technology or CarePredict’s new approach to medical alerts – let us know in the comments below!

Photo credit: CarePredict.com

Best Medical Alert System

Best Medical Alert SystemMany people are choosing to “age in place” these days, and live as independently as they can (for as long as they can).  Doing so can require downsizing to an environment more accommodating for diminished mobility, and/or a home that’s generally easier to maintain.  Another important aspect of aging-in-place is being able to identify products that make independent living safer for the resident.  Medical emergencies can and do happen, you just want your loved one to be prepared if help is needed.

Medical alert systems have come a long way since “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” ads caught our attention decades ago.  Now, some of the best medical alert options offer GPS tracking, fall detection, speakerphones, speak through pendants, inactivity monitors and more!  Understanding just which features your loved one needs is hard enough, then you have to go about finding an alert system provider you can trust!

Best Medical Alert System Today

At The Senior List, we aim to make that easier for consumers, because we’ve been tracking this sector for quite some time.  If you search for medical alert systems on The Senior List, you’ll find a bevy of review articles and information that will be useful to you before you buy a medical alert system.  If you’re looking for a short-list of the best medical alert providers (in our opinion), you’re in luck.  In no particular order, we like:

Now this short-list doesn’t mean they’re the only medical alert providers we like, but they rank the highest for us right now.  As things change in this market, we re-rank to stay current.  We’re all about helping consumers make the best choices today.  If you’d like to see a more comprehensive list of medical alert providers, click over to this list of recommended medical alert providers.

If you’re looking for a great deal on a speakerphone type medical alert system, the Costco MediPendant is hard to beat. The downside is that is is very big and bulky, something you’ll note by reading our product review.  As we always warn when talking about the best medical alert providers, make sure you do your research, and understand your contract terms.  We do not recommend entering into any long-term contracts that you can’t opt out of.

If you want help identifying just the right medical alert system, click here to visit our Medical Alert System Buyers Guide.

5 Common Mistakes: Medical Alert Systems

The Senior List is here for you.  These decisions aren’t easy, so we’re here to help you find the best deal from the best providers.  Some of the providers mentioned above have an affiliate relationship with The Senior List, and we’re proud of those relationships. We only work with providers that pass our own stringent criteria, and these are the same providers that we refer our friends and family to.

Exciting New Senior Care Companies Emerge

new senior care companies are excitingWe live in a very exciting time for senior care.  The combination of a quickly aging population, robust purchasing power, innovative technology and venture capitalists wanting in on the action is a recipe for some incredibly useful tools for older adults and caregivers alike.  A plethora of emerging companies have been welcomed by Aging2.0, a program designed to nurture and accelerate a select group of startups, and have our senses tingling with anticipation as well.  These companies have all been selected for the highly competitive Aging2.0 Academy where they will receive support, mentorship, and introductions to investors and customers to help them accomplish their goals.  Some of these companies are up and running, others are still in beta.  The future of senior care is here and we will be watching these emerging companies very closely.  Here are some of our favorites.

Caregiving/ Caremanagement

Care Monster is a caregiving app that supports family communication and encourages engagement when it comes to the care of a loved one.

CareMerge is a care coordination platform that forges meaningful connections between providers, payers, families and seniors to improve communication in today’s complex healthcare environment.

GeriJoy provides 24/7 companionship, supervision, and care management support through senior care avatars; improving quality of care, increasing safety, and lowering cost.

Roobrik is an online decision tool that helps family caregivers make difficult health and care choices with clarity and confidence.

Fall Detection/ Prevention

Active Protective produces smart garments that reduce hip fractures in the elderly by deploying micro-airbags to protect the hip in the event of a fall.

WalkJoy is a wearable device which reduces falls for patients with peripheral neuropathy by restoring the sensory feedback loop. The WalkingHealth software provides objective gait analysis, fall risk prediction and functional outcome data to therapists.

Tablets and Phones

Breezie is a simplified, personalized tablet interface designed for seniors and those less familiar with technology.

Gociety creates software that simplifies the smart phones interface for older adults. Their products, GoLivePhone® and GoLiveAssist®, are easily accessible and highly affordable.

Senior Care Planning

Everplans is the first comprehensive digital planning platform that allows families to create, store and share essential end-of-life wishes and emergency plans.

Vynca is a digital health company that provides cloud-based software for Advance Care Planning.

Communication Devices

Smartstones is the world’s first wearable, sensorial communication device, which connects family members and friends through simple gesture-based messages. *As a mom and a family caregiver, I can’t wait for this one to go to market.*

We will be following these companies and will continue to provide updates on the products and services they offer.  In the meantime, if you have experience with any of these services or products, please let us know in the comments below.

For a complete list of companies selected for the Aging2.0 Academy, visit the Aging2.0 website.

iPhone App Reviews: CareBeacon iPhone App

iPhone App Reviews: The CareBeacon Medical Alert

*UPDATE- As of July 2015, the CareBeacon app has been discontinued while the company evaluates the app for future use.

I recently tested the CareBeacon fall detection (and inactivity) app for iPhone.  The app functions like a mobile medical alert system and notifies loved ones of falls by utilizing the accelerometer  and GPS (global positioning systems) functions in the smart phone.  The app is free for the first 30 days and is available from $8.33 per month (if you sign up for the year) to $12.99 (on a month to month) after the initial trial.

The CareBeacon app is great for those who have an existing iPhone and who carry it with them at all times.  The app will work wherever the phone has a signal and is not confined to the home like many traditional personal emergency response systems.  The pre-determined friends and family will be notified if the user does not answer the “Are You Ok?” prompts after a period of inactivity or a fall is sensed.  The time to sense inactivity can be adjusted by the user, from one to 15 minutes.  If the phone senses a fall, it sends a text and/or voice messages with the users location.  The friends/family would then contact the user and emergency services if needed.

iPhone App Reviews | CareBeacon | Likes and Dislikes

What I liked:

  • Conceptually utilizing the mobile phone functionality for active adults (that just need a safety blanket) makes a great deal of sense
  • For those that carry their mobile phone all over the place, it’s always with you
  • Accelerometer should work as well as other mPERS (mobile personal emergency response system) or better, though phone’s location on the body could make a difference in sensitivity for the fall algorithm
  • Simple to use and simple to set up
  • Designate friends and family (to contact in case of emergency) as you wish
  • Price is right when comparing it to traditional or mobile medical alert system subscriptions

What I didn’t like:

  • You have to have an iPhone (no Android version as yet)
  • If you don’t have adequate service coverage (from Verizon, AT&T, Sprint) you don’t have a functioning app
  • Only calls friends and family no direct 911 calling (this isn’t so bad as long as someone answers)
  • 15 minute inactivity alarm started bugging me, CareBeacon may want to adjust this to allow for less frequent check-ins
  • Price is high IF you’re comparing it to other apps on the iPhone app store

how CareBeacon works

Medical Alert System Satisfaction Ratings

The Senior List surveyed medical alert system subscribers and found that customer satisfaction results are mixed (at best).  The survey which spanned late 2013 to February of 2014 illustrated how vulnerable medical alert providers are to competition in this space.  A full third of respondents noted that when their agreement (contract) was up, they were leaving their current provider.  This is in stark contrast to 18% of respondents that said they were very satisfied, and they would recommend their medical alert provider.  Key takeaway: There are some really good medical alert providers… and some to stay away from.

Medical Alert System Satisfation SurveyThe medical alert landscape is changing.  This industry is going digital and mobile.  An industry that once tethered users to within 600 feet of the home (base station), has grown wings.  What was once dubbed “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” has now morphed into “I’m going shopping, but just in case I’ll take my medical alert system along”.

A number of manufacturers now monitor their users via a cellular signal just like the phone in your pocket.  This allows family members a safety-net in case of emergencies.  Another nice feature of cellular based medical alert systems is that they have built in GPS tracking to locate users if needed.

If you’re interested in the good, the bad, and the ugly of medical alert systems make yourself familiar with the comments section while you browse through our product reviews.  Folks here aren’t afraid to speak up… Especially if they’re not happy. Keep this in mind when you’re taking in comments from any product review site however.  Folks expect providers to at least meet expectations, and when they don’t, there can be a backlash.

What’s interesting (and telling) is to see the response (or lack thereof) by providers after a misstep.  Quality medical alert providers are transparent, responsive and fair to their customers.  Stay away from the ones that are rigid, secretive and unresponsive.

Lesson learned:  Do your homework.  Ask the right questions.  Know your rights.  Read the fine print.

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5 Tips on Choosing A Medical Alert System Provider

Choosing the right Medical Alert System: OneCall Medical AlertThe folks at OneCall Medical Alert reached out to The Senior List on Twitter and asked us to share some information regarding one of our favorite topics.  That topic: “How to Choose A Personal Emergency Response System” (also known as a medical alert system).  They offer some good advice that’s worth sharing.  Weather you’re choosing a mobile medical alert system or a traditional (in-home) style medical alert system, you’ll want to make sure that the provider can answer the following questions (special thanks to the folks at OneCall):

Choosing a Medical Alert System Provider

    1. Is the provider accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB)?  The BBB’s mission is “to be the leader in advancing marketplace trust.”  The BBB says they “see trust as a function of two primary factors – integrity and performance. Integrity includes respect, ethics and intent. Performance speaks to a business’s track record of delivering results in accordance with BBB standards and/or addressing customer concerns in a timely, satisfactory manner.”  That said, there are a whole lot of businesses that have high ratings on the BBB, and just like any directory site you can’t take it as the gospel.  You’ve go to look around at other reputable review sites like Angie’s List and (of course) The Senior List.
    2. Are you locked into a long-term contract?  We agree with the folks at OneCall.  Unless you absolutely trust the medical alert provider you decide to choose, don’t sign a long-term contract!  There are plenty of reputable providers out there that don’t push these silly contracts.  Companies like GreatCall, Philips Lifeline and OneCall are good examples of no-contract alert systems. (*Note that OneCall does require 3 months of prepaid service at activation.)
    3. Does the medical alert provider have multiple emergency call centers? This is probably a good question to ask, but more importantly how dependable is the call center? If you search around for medical alert system reviews, you’ll probably receive some feedback on this topic.  OneCall says that you should also “ask where their emergency call center is located, if they have more than one emergency call center, and if a contingency plan is in place in case a call center is shut down” (because of a storm or other natural disaster).  These are great questions!
    4. Is the system easy to set up and test?  You’ll want to be clear on how to set up the device in your home, AND how to test it (on a regular basis).  Medical alert systems are not doing you any good if they aren’t in good working order.  Further inquiries need to be made regarding maintenance (batteries need to be tested and/or replaced,coverage area needs to be tested and retested, etc.).
    5. Does the provider have flexible payment options?  Most top providers do have options (monthly, quarterly, annual) but regardless of your payment option, make sure you understand what the implications are if your loved one decides to leave the provider (for another), or is no longer in need of the medical alert system (perhaps they move into a care facility, or they pass away).

These are great questions and tips on choosing a medical alert system provider.  We’d recommend these questions in conjunction with our popular post entitled Medical Alert Systems: The Top 10 Questions You Should Ask Before Buying.

Know Before You Go – It will save you one heck of a headache!

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Medical Alert Industry Going Digital

Medical Alert Industry: 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… The medical alert industry is changing before our very eyes! Medical alert industry: 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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