Nortek takes hub approach to monitoring
CARLSBAD, Calif. – Nortek Security & Control is expanding its reach into the home security market with the Numera Home Safety Hub, which blends personal safety and fall detection with home security. The Home Safety Hub combines information from sensing devices like carbon dioxide and smoke detectors, and glass-break, motion and window/door sensors with alerts from wireless personal emergency sensors in a single console. It works with Nortek’s 2GIG sensors to deliver user environmental data to care teams. “With this new hub and access to more information about their environment, users and their care teams can rest easier and feel more comfortable about their loved ones dealing with chronic illness or aging-in-place,” said Tim Smokoff, group vice president health & wellness, in a press release.
Northwell Health taps telehealth to study COPD
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Northwell Health has received a $1.5 million grant from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to study the benefits of home-based pulmonary rehabilitation. Northwell’s Feinstein Institute for Medical Research will study Hispanic patients with moderate to severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and whether home-based pulmonary rehabilitation improves their quality of life and decreases hospitalization. The study will include the use of a stationary bicycle and a tablet that patients will use for their remote, online rehab sessions with a respiratory therapist. The RT will go through exercises with a least four patients in their own homes each session. The study will look at whether telehealth led to better outcomes compared to standard rehabilitation program referrals.
Tunstall continues US market penetration with Vi+
LONG ISLAND CITY, N.Y. – Tunstall Americas has introduced the Vi+ PERS to the U.S. market. The Vi+ can monitor home environments unobtrusively for high-risk events, out-of-pattern activities and potential emergencies. If a problem is detected, the unit will automatically generate a call to Tunstall’s Emergency Response Center. “Introducing the Vi+ to the U.S. market is pivotal in that it will change the landscape of the Personal Emergency Response Service from a medical alert ‘box’ to a connected care solution that has a range of products and services that will support caregivers and end users, and enable them to live more fulfilling lives at home and on the move,” said Casey Pittock, president and CEO of Tunstall Americas in a statement.
ImpediMed puts SOZO to the test on heart failure patients
CARLSBAD, Calif. – ImpediMed has announced that Scripps Health will use its SOZO device in a validation study for monitoring patients with heart failure who are currently being tracked using pulmonary artery pressure monitoring. SOZO is an intuitive digital health device and wellness platform that combines bioimpedance spectroscopy technology with artificial intelligence to create a rapid, non-invasive scan of a person’s body, providing a precise snapshot of body composition, fluid status and hydration. It also provides users with digital tools that help promote positive behavioral changes using artificial intelligence algorithms. Patients at Scripps Green Hospital will be recruited for the study. ImpediMed recently launched the first product on its new population health platform, SOZOfit. The suite of SOZOfit products are sold direct-to-consumers via the company’s digital marketing channels. The company is taking pre-orders now, and expects to begin shipping by the end of the year. “Innovation is at our core and will become the life blood of the organization,” Richard Carreon, managing director and CEO of ImpediMed, said in a press release. “The future is now.”