Home Health Monitoring Services Face Financial Barriers

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However, the association can afford the devices only because of a grant from a health care foundation, according to the Globe.

Dovetail Health in Needham, Mass., is testing its monitoring services in 10 homes as part of a pilot project. Computers monitor patients’ weight and blood pressure and transmit the data to the company, where it is reviewed by nurses. Dovetail offers a medication consultant, occasional nurse visits and 24-hour phone help for $750 per month. The device company plans to roll out the program slowly and will meet with physicians’ groups to market the service as an addition to regular health care, according to the Globe.

Joseph Coughlin, a technology and aging researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said the companies’ obstacles are both financial and psychological. “For every bit of security it provides you, it takes away that much more independence,” he said (Heuser/Spencer, Boston Globe, 12/1).

Source: iHealthBeat, Monday, December 4, 2006

Copy HTML HTML has been copied Home Health Monitoring Services Face Financial Barriers Monday, December 4, 2006 reports. Medicare and insurers generally do not cover the cost of the home monitoring devices and only offer a flat fee to help patients recover from hospital visits, according to the Globe .
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Initially focused on diseases brought on by aging and obesity, the company is attune to the ongoing evolution of the home health-care and monitoring industry that is being encouraged by major insurance providers, including Medicare, because it is less expensive than physician or hospital visits and can decrease other medical events, such as hospital re-admittance and more, which saves on costs. PHM currently offers monitoring services to the more than four million patients that undergo Coumadin therapy in the U.S. each year. PHM closed its first acquisition in September, buying Hollywood Healthcare Corp. and its $1.5 million in cash, accounts receivable and inventory in a deal initially valued at about $1.3 million, paid in cash and shares. HHC sells diabetes supplies, immunosuppressant specialty drugs and influenza shots to pharmacies. If specific performance milestones are met in the future, PHM will owe up to $466,000 more to the sellers.
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Patient Home Monitoring Adds Four Companies to Portfolio

— Ultra-low Power Monitoring: One-year estimated battery life; no charging required. — Calorie Tracking: All-day calorie monitoring via advanced algorithm using body motion and heart rate data to compute activity levels and energy expenditure (heart rate). “We felt A&D Medical’s technology leadership, Wellness Connected platform, and commitment to delivering an expanding suite of essential health and wellness devices make A&D a great partner for Salutron and will enhance the value of our LifeTrak connected activity monitor family,” said Mike Tsai, President and CEO of Salutron. “Working with A&D will allow us to further extend the reach of our innovative family of activity monitors into the existing medical and wellness markets that A&D serves in the U.S. and internationally.” LifeTrak activity monitors are available today through a wide array of retail and distribution partners. A&D Medical’s Wellness Connected platform and connected device suite will be available at the end of Q1 2014. About A&D Medical Since 1977, A&D Medical has been manufacturing and distributing a full line of advanced biometric monitoring solutions including blood pressure monitors, weight scales, and other devices for consumer and professional use. A&D Medical is the leader in connected health solutions for wellness, disease management and other telehealth applications, and also markets products under the LifeSource brand name in North America.
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ProPep Surgical and HealthTronics Announce Collaboration to Market the ProPep Nerve Monitoring System Within the United States

This device is designed as an adjunct to the current open or laparoscopic prostatectomy in which a nerve location technique is used. It is not designed to replace the surgeon’s expertise in the location of nerves of the pelvic region. Each surgeon’s skill determines whether these nerves are spared regardless of any aid. The Pep Electrode Introducer is indicated for use to provide temporary percutaneous placement of EMG monopolar needle electrodes during minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures. About ProPep Surgical, LLC Established in 2010, ProPep Surgical is a privately-held, Austin-based medical device company developing a system of products (ProPep Nerve Monitoring System) to aid laparoscopic and robotic surgeons in identifying the location of and monitoring the integrity of otherwise invisible nerves during minimally invasive pelvic surgery. Real time identification of these nerves allows surgeons to make more informed decisions about which tissue to selectively preserve or remove during surgery and as a result, potentially reduces the common side effects typically attributed to inadvertent nerve damage during these procedures. About HealthTronics, Inc. HealthTronics has been a national provider of urological and interventional oncology services and products for more than 20 years.
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Senior Citizen Driving Safety Information, Statistics And Tips

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Many elderly drivers feel that taking away their keys is the equivalent of a teenager being grounded, and they resent being treated like a child. The decision is difficult for a senior’s family to remove driving privileges, but when it involves the safety of everyone on the road, it must be made for the good of the majority. Senior Citizen Driving Statistics Adults over the age of 65 are more likely to be seriously injured in an automobile accident than a younger person, according to the article “Senior Driving” on HelpGuide.org. They also have a higher rate of running stop signs, failing to yield right of way, making improper turns and being in multiple-car accidents. These statistics are alarming, and they need to be taken seriously. Health Issues of Older Adults May Affect Driving As senior adults age, they often face health issues that may impair their driving.
Link – Senior Citizen Driving Safety Information, Statistics and Tips

In the last several years, seniors have been invited to presentations on senior driving through the Registry of Motor Vehicles; the Homestead Act, presented by Dan Dermody representing the Secretary of States office; identity theft; and the inmate horticultural program presented by the Sheriffs Department; fire safety prevention, by Lt. Steve Adams of the Plymouth Fire Department; 911, by Massachusetts Emergency Telecommunications; and the transition to digital television by Comcast. Seniors, the Council on Aging, the Plymouth police and fire departments, the Plymouth County Sheriffs Department, and the Plymouth County District Attorneys office are determined to reintroduce a proactive approach to senior safety. The TRIAD program, a community policing initiative, strives to protect seniors from crime through education and awareness of other programs for seniors. Were here to serve a purpose senior safety, TRIAD and Friends of the Plymouth Council on Aging member Pat Achorn said. With Interim Elder Affairs Director Connie DiLego on board, a group met Thursday morning to jumpstart the program in Plymouth.
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Seniors, be smart about winter safety (Globe Gazette editorial)

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Falls are another major concern, and there are ways to reduce risks here, too. Stay inside if you can arrange to have your shoveling done. Those who can shovel or blow snow should consider helping elderly neighbors. Offer to run errands for them, too. Seniors using walking aids should make sure rubber tips are not worn smooth. Wear shoes or boots with a non-skid sole and stretch to keep limber.
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Senior safety access issues

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Ask Sam: Scammers Offering Medical Alert System Are Targeting Seniors

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Q. Can a fast-food restaurant deny me a courtesy cup of water? T.T. Answer: Yes, they can. According to the N.C. Restaurant and Lodging Association, restaurants can charge for water and are not obliged to provide a free cup.
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BBB Warns Seniors of Deceptive Telemarketing Calls Offering Free Medical Alert Devices

If a caller seems suspicious, hang up and report the matter to the Attorney Generals Office. Littleton senior citizens have been reporting an increased number of scam phone calls, or calls intended to manipulate them into disclosing private bank account information. The scammers on the other end of the phone reportedly offer citizens free medical alert systems, according to Senior Liaison Officer John Janakos. They then request private information and use this data to commit identity theft or to drain bank accounts. The scammers know that the police cant stop them and that seniors are easy prey, said Janakos, adding that several seniors have called in reporting this scam within the last month. Phone scams have always been a problem, though this particular type of scam seems to be particularly prevalent in town lately, said Janakos.
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Scammers targeting seniors with medical alert system

A Cleveland woman reported to BBB in mid-May that Medical Alarms Hewlett called her, offering a new system. At first, she thought it may have been the same brand her late husband had used. When the product arrived, she realized it wasnt the brand she assumed it was and called the company to get directions to return it. The company hung up on her at first, but she eventually got through to someone who told her to ship it back to Life Alert USA at a Lynbrook, NY address. (BBB records show a company named Lifewatch, Inc. at that address.) She is still disputing a $34.95 monthly service fee that was debited to her account. These companies, they use so many names and they all sound alike, Medical Alert, Alert Services, Medical Life System, Alert USAIts confusing and they know that. she said. The use of names that are similar to well known marketers of medical alert devices is a problem.
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Robocall scammers use ‘Life Alert’ to swindle seniors

I said, ‘I don’t what you’re talking about.’ He said, ‘well it’s free, it’s all paid for.'” McCord said the call seemed genuine until she realized the person on the other end was not real. While the person seemed to pause, she realized it wasn’t answering her questions. “It was the best robo-call I’ve ever heard because it really sounded personable and there were pauses,” she said. A few days later, she received another call, also from California, but from a different number. That time, a live person encouraged her to set up an appointment to install the system at her house, but McCord hung up the phone. “I couldn’t understand why they were calling me, and then when he was so insistent it was free, I was pretty sure,” she said. When attempting to call the number, there is no option to talk to anyone about installing the system.
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Littleton seniors complain of increased scam calls

Geraldine Standiford, a 60-year old widow who lives in Cleveland, got the call and agreed to the monthly charge. After she hung up, she realized she had made a mistake. She called the company to cancel, but the equipment arrived anyway. She found a debit for $34.95 from her checking account. After filing a complaint with the Cleveland BBB and waiting for more than a month, Geraldine got her money back.
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Qmedic’s Smart Medical Alert Device For Seniors (video)

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will be reaching retirement age at a rate of about 8,000 a day and 90% of these people prefer to live at home in their later years. Since a large percentage of theseseniors are not able to reach out for help when an emergency occurs at home, caregivers for senior citizens benefit from passive connectivity to proactively monitor their loved ones well being in the home 24 hours/day. QMedic, a Boston, MA company, isdeveloping what it claims to be the first ever passive wearable sensing technologythat detects and predicts emergency events in the home, and sends real-time feedback to caregivers when something unusual occurs. This medical alert system warns the caregiver if the user is not wearing the device, fails to get out of bed, or is out of home for extended periods of time. The QMedic system requires the user to wear a waterproof bracelet which has a large button on the top. Sensors in the bracelet can monitor the seniors sleeping habits and gauge physical activity. The button on the bracelet can be pressed in case of an emergency around the house, which contacts the base station, which in turn calls the QMedics 24/7 emergency call center. A QMedic representative first tries to reach the user through the speakerphone attached to the base station, and if the user is able to convey his or her emergency situation, then the QMedic representative can send out an appropriate emergency response team or contact a family member. If the user is unable to respond, the QMedic representative attempts to reach the user through the home phone line.
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Some of the automated calls ask consumers to punch 1 if they wish to order a device or want further information. In other cases, salespeople told consumers that they were eligible for a free system or that a system had been paid for on their behalf and the salesperson needed to confirm shipping instructions. The BBB believes that consumers who are receptive to the sales pitch will be asked for financial information to cover a monthly monitoring service fee of $34.95. In many cases, senior citizens never received the devices but were still charged the monthly service fee. Others were unable to obtain refunds or return the items. Better Business Bureaus across the nation have reported similar calls coming from companies using the names Medical Emergency, Medical Alert Company, First Alert Company, Life Alert USA, Lifewatch, Senior Safety Alert, Senior Emergency Care, Senior Safe Alert, Emergency Medical Alert Systems or Medical Alarms Hewitt. Life Alert, the California firm that advertises Ive fallen and I cant get up, has sued two businesses that used names similar to its brand in robo-call marketing schemes. Life Alert also has posted a warning about the scammers on its website .
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Medical Alert Devices That Can Help Keep Seniors Safe

These units come with waterproof “SOS” buttons — typically in the form of a necklace pendent or bracelet — and a base station that connects to her home phone line. At the press of a button, your mom could call and talk to a trained operator through the system’s base station receiver, which works like a powerful speaker phone. The operator will find out what’s wrong and will notify family members, a neighbor, friend or emergency services as needed. If you’re interested in this type of alert, there are literally dozens of services to choose from. One of the most widely used is the Philips Lifeline Medical Alert Service , which costs $35 per month, plus an $82 start-up fee. Phillips also offers a new Auto Alert option (for $48 per month) that has fall detection sensors in the SOS button that can automatically summon help without your mom ever having to press a button. Some other major players in the industry that are a little less expensive (under $30 per month) include: LifeFone , LifeStation , Bay Alarm Medical , Alert1 , LifeGuardian and MedicalAlert .
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Just In Time For The Holidays, Leading Medical Alert Systems Provider Offers Mom And Dad

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Personal Response Corporation is recognized as America’s most trusted and technologically advanced medical alert systems provider, offering multiple medical alert systems for all senior lifestyles. My Personal Response is proud to introduce new products including the splendid eResponder Mobile Medical Alert System : http://www.mypersonalresponse.com/medical-alert-systems/mobile-medical- .. . Its new addition is a little larger than the size of a quarter and it’s used as a pendant. Amazingly, it uses a cellular connection and provides flexibility, allowing mom and dad to get help when needed anywhere within the USA. My Personal Response’s new Mobile Medical Alert System is great for moms and dads who are on the go. The Personal Response Mobile Medical Alert System enables seniors and individuals with special needs to feel confident and stay independent because they know they can get help anytime, anywhere, with no range limit. A medical alert system can provide seniors with peace of mind knowing that they will be taken care of in case of an emergency.
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(AMAC), MobileHelp/Halo surely guarantees the potential growth in PERS market. The market for the medical alert systems will be dominated by USA till 2020 followed by Asia Pacific and European markets. The major key players in USA are Philips Lifeline and Health Watch Inc. The tech savvy generation has paved the way for replacing the medical alert system technology with the smart phones and tablets. Ping4alerts and Guardly are developing apps attributing to the demands created by a digital usage over conventional analog. Recently Numera provided mPERS portable system to American telecommunications giant AT&T for its new personal emergency response system service, EverThere. The IndustryARC report on the Global Medical Alert Systems or Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS) Market identifies many such insights and M&A opportunities, besides providing a detailed analysis of the dynamometer testing services and equipment market. About IndustryARC IndustryARC is a research and consulting firm based out of the U.S, it publishes more than 20 reports every month in various industries such as Agriculture, Automotive, Automation & Instrumentation, Chemicals and Materials, Energy and Power, Electronics, Food & Beverages, Information Technology, Life sciences & Healthcare.
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Global Medical Alert Systems/Personal Emergency Response Market (PERS) – A Blooming Market with the Increase in Ageing Population

Instead of going with the usual gifts, express your love and care by giving your parents a significant gift that can help in their safety and protection, especially in the event of an emergency situation such as slips and falls. With My Personal Response, a top Medical Alert Systems company, you can get mom and dad the best gift ever: a state-of-the-art medical alert system to meet their special needs. Personal Response Corporation is recognized as America’s most trusted and technologically advanced medical alert systems provider, offering multiple medical alert systems for all senior lifestyles. My Personal Response is proud to introduce new products including the splendid eResponder Mobile Medical Alert System .Its new addition is a little larger than the size of a quarter and it’s used as a pendant.Amazingly, it uses a cellular connection and provides flexibility, allowing mom and dad to get help when needed anywhere within the USA.My Personal Response’s new Mobile Medical Alert System is great for moms and dads who are on the go. The Personal Response Mobile Medical Alert System enables seniors and individuals with special needs to feel confident and stay independent because they know they can get help anytime, anywhere, with no range limit. A medical alert system can provide seniors with peace of mind knowing that they will be taken care of in case of an emergency. This Holiday, show appreciation to your parents or grandparents by giving them the gift of assurance with the most advanced medical alert system by My Personal Response.
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Just in Time for the Holidays, Leading Medical Alert Systems Provider Offers Mom and Dad the Gift of Assurance

“We protect seniors in all 50 states with our ‘Help At The Push Of A Button’ monitoring service, and our Angie’s List subscribers really do their homework.” Rogg also noted that Medical Care Alert has an “A” rating, and is an Accredited Member of the Better Business Bureau. “It’s a select group of companies rated on Angie’s List that can claim the exemplary customer service record of being a Super Service Award winner,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “Our standards for the Super Service Award are quite high. The fact that Medical Care Alert earned this recognition speaks volumes about its dedication providing great service to its customers.” Angie’s List Super Service Award 2012 winners meet strict eligibility requirements, including earning a minimum number of reports, an excellent rating from their customers and abiding by Angie’s List guidelines. About Medical Care Alert: Medical Care Alert’s “Help At The Push Of A Button” medical alert monitoring service provides independence and peace of mind for thousands of seniors and their families in all 50 states.
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Medical Care Alert Earns 2012 Angie’s List Super Service Award

is in this range. X Types of Complaints Handled by BBB BBB handles the following types of complaints between businesses and their customers so long as they are not, or have not been, litigated: Advertising or Sales Problems with Products or Services Delivery Guarantee or Warranty We do not handle workplace disputes, discrimination claims or claims about the quality of health or legal services. X What is BBB Advertising Review? BBB promotes truth in advertising by contacting advertisers whose claims conflict with the BBB Code of Advertising . These claims come to our attention from our internal review of advertising, consumer complaints and competitor challenges. BBB asks advertisers to prove their claims, change ads to make offers more clear to consumers, and remove misleading or deceptive statements. What government actions does BBB report on?
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Visonic Recalls Amber Personal Emergency Response System Kits Due To Remote Pendant Battery Signal Failure

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to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at http://www.visonic.com and click on North America and click on Product News under the Solutions & Products tab for more information about the recall. Photos are available at http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2013/Visonic-Recalls-Amber-Personal-Emergency-Response-System-Kits Recall Details Units: About 24,000 Description: The recalled Visonic Amber Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) kit enables a user to push a button on a pendant to signal a request for assistance. An Amber kit consists of one wireless pendant worn by the user, one Amber brand base station, generally connected to a phone line, a power supply and backup battery. Base stations are white, rectangular and measure about 9-inches wide by 7-inches deep by 2-inches high with emergency, call and check buttons. The emergency button is red on the Classic model and grey on the SelectX model.
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Guide to Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS)

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to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at http://www.visonic.com and click on North America and click on Product News under the Solutions & Products tab for more information about the recall. Photos available at http://www.cpsc.gov/en/ Details Units: About 24,000 Description: The recalled Visonic Amber Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) kit enables a user to push a button on a pendant to signal a request for assistance. An Amber kit consists of one wireless pendant worn by the user, one Amber brand base station, generally connected to a phone line, a power supply and backup battery. Base stations are white, rectangular and measure about 9-inches wide by 7-inches deep by 2-inches high with emergency, call and check buttons. The emergency button is red on the Classic model and grey on the SelectX model. Recalled Classic models have catalog number 0-7425 and serial numbers 0408044281 through 4410052723. The first four digits of the serial number are manufacture dates from January 2008 through August 2010 in WWYY format.
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To reduce the dependency factor of the aged persons on others, the caretakers are involving the use of PERS or medical alert systems thereby forming a huge market share in the healthcare industry. Humana Inc. in collaboration with Valued Relationships Inc. is going to provide 500 Medicare members nationwide with the pilot enhanced medical alert system. The surge in the ageing population in Europe has forced EU members to seek a change in their healthcare policies and provide reimbursements for remote monitoring systems including PERS devices.
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Personal Emergency Response Systems

Local PERS providers are companies typically affiliated with a county or city social service agency. If you search the words Personal Emergency Response Systems you will bring up the websites of the national providers. However, if you add the name of a county or city to the same search you will find the local providers. It’s worth investigating both types of services. The PERS phones and call buttons are not new, they are a proven product that has been around for 25 years or more. The hardware is either purchased or rented plus you pay a monthly monitoring fee. Neither Medicare nor Medicaid will pay for the purchase of equipment.
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AT&T Launches Mobile Personal Emergency Response System

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Q says: here 007, take this device which is the size of a watch and when you press this button it shows us exactly where you are and we can communicate directly with you anytime, any place exciting stuff, welcome to the world of PERS; in other words Personal Emergency Response Systems. Of course what Q was referring to at that time was only in the world of fiction, but this has now become a reality that is available and affordable by all. Every so often a system comes along incorporating the latest technology which represents a major step forward in the world of public safety, not just the safety of agents; something that really knocks your socks off! PERS in global terms is not new, but the latest technology has resulted in such systems being available and affordable by all in the Algarve, whereas previously it had been limited to James Bond movies. This feature, therefore, looks at the development of PERS, what exactly they do and how they can in certain instances be a lifesaver. is a former Assistant Commissioner of the Hong Kong Police, consultant to INTERPOL and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
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Center staff also may review your medical history and check to see who should be notified. If the center cannot contact you or determine whether an emergency exists, it will alert emergency service providers to go to your home. With most systems, the center will monitor the situation until the crisis is resolved. Transmitters Transmitters are light-weight, battery-powered devices that are activated by pressing one or two buttons. They can be worn on a chain around the neck or on a wrist band, or they can be carried on a belt or in a pocket. Because the transmitter is battery-powered, the batteries must be checked periodically to ensure they work. Some units have an indicator to help you know when to change batteries. When reviewing a service, look for units that have a battery life of at least five years and are waterproof so they can be worn in the bath or shower (where many slip and fall accidents occur). The Console The console acts as an automatic dialing machine and sends the emergency alert through the phone lines. It works with any private telephone line and generally does not require rewiring.
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The EverThere system consists of a portable device weighing 1.7 oz. that has a call button to notify a care center when the user falls or has an emergency situation. The device provides hands-free voice communication with the care center that can in turn respond with appropriate help.It has an internal accelerometer to automatically determine when the user has a fall and is able to place a call even if the wearer may not be able to. The device provides 247 monitoring with a care center that is able to dispatch an ambulance or call a loved one. The EverThere system makes use of GPS and allows the care center to instantly determine the users location. The portable system, which was designed by a Seattle based company called Numera, makes use of internal gyroscopes and magnetometers, along with the accelerometer, to help learn the users daily routine. The device then sets the threshold to differentiate between the users normal motion and abrupt motions like falls. It can be worn either on a lanyard or on a belt using a supplied clip.
Source: AT&T Launches Mobile Personal Emergency Response System

Global Medical Alert Systems/Personal Emergency Response Market (PERS) – A Blooming Market with the Increase in Ageing Population

ET Monday through Friday or online at http://www.visonic.com and click on North America and click on Product News under the Solutions & Products tab for more information about the recall. Photos are available at http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2013/Visonic-Recalls-Amber-Personal-Emergency-Response-System-Kits Recall Details Units: About 24,000 Description: The recalled Visonic Amber Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) kit enables a user to push a button on a pendant to signal a request for assistance. An Amber kit consists of one wireless pendant worn by the user, one Amber brand base station, generally connected to a phone line, a power supply and backup battery. Base stations are white, rectangular and measure about 9-inches wide by 7-inches deep by 2-inches high with emergency, call and check buttons. The emergency button is red on the Classic model and grey on the SelectX model. Recalled Classic models have catalog number 0-7425 and serial numbers 0408044281 through 4410052723. The first four digits of the serial number are manufacture dates from January 2008 through August 2010 in WWYY format.
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Teen Changes Lives With Fashionable Medical Alert Bracelets

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Rather than let her situation get her down, Shyanne decided to create a medical alert bracelet that would empower her. “When I was first diagnosed with these blood disorders, I did wonder ‘why me,’ but that line of thinking wasnt doing me any good and in fact, was making it more difficult on myself and those around me,” Shyanne said. Her doctors also treated children with cancer, and she was inspired by the kids, many younger than her, who were so strong while fighting for their lives. “I didnt know back then how Id do it but I knew that I wanted to make a difference and somehow spread awareness. That knowledge was enough to get me through the really difficult times and ultimately led me to create Couture Alert.” Shyanne’s designs, apart from serving a vital purpose, are fashionable and unique. Not a surprise given that she has always had an interest in fashion. “Its a big part of why I wanted to start Couture Alert. I didnt want the metal chain link bracelet I was required to wear to define me; instead I wanted to make my own statement.
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Pros & Cons of Medical Alert

Some medical ID bracelets for kids look so much like regular jewelry, especially the choices for girls. Is there a risk that emergency medical personnel might not realize such elaborate bracelets have critical information on them? A. “The more you see them, the more you become aware that they come in different varieties,” says emergency physician Lawrence Kessler, medical director of ER-DOX, an urgent care center with three locations on Long Island: Amityville, Massapequa Park and Hewlett. That being said, there can be a fine line between style and function that parents might not want to cross when choosing a medical alert bracelet for a child, Kessler says.
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The study appeared Dec. 4 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. At the VA center, participants with protected sleep had an average of just under three hours of sleep compared with about two hours of sleep for other participants — an increase of 50 percent. At the university hospital, the protected sleep group had an average of about three hours of sleep, compared with about two hours for the other group, according to a journal news release. Interns with protected sleep were much less likely to have on-call nights with no sleep than others. For example, about 6 percent of interns at the VA center on the protected sleep schedule ended up having no sleep versus nearly 19 percent of those who weren’t on such schedules.
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Some of the cheaper pieces of jewelry start as low as $10 as of December 2009 and can be easily afforded by most people. But others range into the hundreds of dollars. For the medical alert system being used in the home that alerts medical personnel when you are injured or ill, the starting cost for many of these systems is around $30. But people with very low incomes might have some difficulty affording this monthly charge. There are no free medical alerts for in-home use but there are some assistance programs that can help with some of the cost. For example, according to PRLog.com, most states have a program through Medicaid that will help pay for this service. Although, for people who do not qualify for Medicaid and still have a low income, obtaining a home medical alert might still not be possible.
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BBB Warns Seniors of Deceptive Telemarketing Calls Offering Free Medical Alert Devices

These companies, they use so many names and they all sound alike, Medical Alert, Alert Services, Medical Life System, Alert USAIts confusing and they know that. she said. The use of names that are similar to well known marketers of medical alert devices is a problem. So much so that Life Alert, the California company made famous by its Ive fallen and I cant get up advertising, is suing two businesses it says are using its name in robo-calls to gain new customers. The lawsuit charges LifeWatch USA and Connect America with impersonating Life Alert through fraudulent robo-calls and other telemarketing to obtain new customers. Both companies deny the allegations and this matter is pending.
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