We’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.
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.
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