SAN ANGELO, Texas – MedHab has launched MyNotifi, a wrist-worn device that eliminates the need for a call center because it uses artificial intelligence to detect falls and automatically notify a user’s caregivers.
“The whole idea of this device is to encourage and promote senior independent living,” said Johnny Ross, CEO of MedHab.
MyNotifi’s technology, which uses an algorithm that is 99% mathematically accurate, evaluates acceleration and jerk movements similar to those in a fall. Upon detecting those movements, the device asks the wearer if they fell. If it receives a “yes” response or no response at all, the device automatically sends text messages to caregivers with the location of the wearer. Caregivers can then call for help.
The device will also send messages to the wearer’s contact list if the wearer hasn’t moved in a set time or if the battery needs to be changed. Additionally, it includes a set of range of motion and strengthening exercises specifically geared toward mobility and fall prevention.
MyNotifi is connected to the wearer’s smartphone via Bluetooth and must be in a certain range to operate properly. If the device and app are too far apart, an alarm will sound on the smartphone.
Ross said MedHab has also begun working on a smaller belt-worn fall detection device geared toward the more active senior that will launch soon.
MedHab sponsors the National Senior Corp Association and is making MyNotifi available to directors, volunteers and clients of the program, said Ross. The company will work with NSCA later this year to offer a fall education program on fall dynamics and prevention to seniors and their caregivers.