Electronic home health systems use online tracking programs to let family members and health care providers ensure that elderly patients are safe and healthy, the New York Times reports. Three elder care technology systems are described below.
QuietCare: A home health alarm system provided by ADT Security Services, it uses sensors to track the activities of older people around their homes, and operators at a 24-hour call center are trained to help the elderly in emergencies. The operators tell the system when and whom to call, text message or e-mail in the case of an emergency. Family members can view the tracking data online, and video cameras can be installed to monitor any falls or other emergencies. Installation costs $199 and monitoring begins at $79.95 per month, the Times reports.
SeniorSafe@Home: Set to launch this fall, the system will have a call center of nurses who monitor motion sensors, electronic medication dispensers and fall detectors.
iCare Health Monitoring: Providers, family members and the elderly can use iCare to track specific health data such as blood pressure, lung function, weight or medication use in an effort to prevent emergencies, the Times reports. Nurses also monitor the data but not as frequently as the other systems. Patients use a small electronic device to answer daily multiple-choice questions regarding their health, and providers and family members can view the results online. The system has been available through CVS pharmacies since July 2006 and costs $99 to install and $49.95 per month for monitoring (Larson, New York Times, 2/4).