RALEIGH, N.C. – K4Connect, a health technology company that focuses on serving the senior population, has teamed up with Garmin to integrate wearable devices into its connected life platform.
The platform, K4Community, is designed for adults living in apartments at senior living communities, and uses a tablet to connect a variety of home wellness and lifestyle devices, which now includes Garmin’s vivofit 3 device.
“We’ve deployed the devices to several senior living communities we serve and they love it,” said Scott Moody, co-founder, CEO and chief client advocate of K4Connect, in a recent discussion of the program at the New York Stock Exchange.
The positive reception backs up a recent report by the American Association of Retired Persons that found that more than 75% of participants in a study reported health and wellness trackers to be useful.
For Garmin, the partnership with K4Connect pivots the company, which is best known for its GPS tracking devices, to the home health technology market. Its vivofit 3 device, launched in April, monitors heart rate and tracks sleep and other health and fitness metrics.
“We wanted to collaborate with someone who was doing innovative things in an area we were interested in,” said Sean McNamara, head of health partnerships at Garmin, in the discussion. “Partnering with K4Connect was a perfect fit.”
Staff members of the senior living communities where vivofit 3 devices have been initially deployed have a view of real-time analytics showing activity and wellness trends of the residents who wear them.
“They are easy to use and allow for a single sync point to the entire K4Community platform,” Moody said.