Wearable device with GPS tracking to provide clever care

A Hamilton-based entrepreneur has developed a new mobile health service to assist carers of elderly people or those with disabilities at home.

The idea for the Clevercare medical alarm was inspired by Maria Johnston's mother, who was struggling to care for her husband, who had dementia and Parkinson's disease.

The Clevercare service provides carers with their own dashboard and a wearable device for the person being monitored. Worn as a watch or as a cell phone, the Clevercare medical alarm can schedule reminders to take medication or attend appointments and raises an alert if a person triggers the emergency alarm.

GPS tracking provides the person’s exact location and can also send an alert if a person enters or leaves a pre-determined boundary using geofencing.

Ms Johnston said new features would be added in the next two months including movement and falls detection as well as direct calling to and from the device.

This will allow the carer or the Clevercare response centre to call the watch and speak to the person who is wearing it. The watch includes a loudspeaker and microphone, so the person can easily hear the caller talking and can speak back like a normal telephone conversation.

The service has a set-up fee of $299, with basic and complete packages costing $89 and $99 per month respectively.

Australian company mCareWatch has a service that offers similar functionality for Australian carers.

Posted in New Zealand eHealth

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