Month: January 2014

Home Health Monitoring Services Face Financial Barriers

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A&D Medical and Salutron, Inc. Announce Partnership to Expand Consumer Technology Platform

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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Safety for seniors

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 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.
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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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BBB: Medical Alert Scam Targets Seniors

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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guarav QMedics Smart Medical Alert Device for Seniors (VIDEO)

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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