Tunstall partners with MedicAlert to connect clients

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Assistive technology specialist Tunstall Healthcare has partnered with the MedicAlert Foundation to work on sharing information sources and new technologies for clients to help them continue to live independently.

The MedicAlert Foundation has been in operation for over 40 years and provides medical ID jewellery to people with a range of conditions such as severe allergies, diabetes and epilepsy.

The jewellery is engraved with the Rod of Asclepius so it can be easily identified by emergency personnel, along with what the person's condition or medication is, an individual member number and a 24/7 emergency response number.

Tunstall Healthcare supports people to live independently with a range of assistive technology solutions ranging from medical alarms and sensors to telehealth and vital signs monitoring services using its ICP platform.

Tunstall's managing director Lyn Davies said the two organisations were like-minded in their views on service delivery for people in need of support to continue to remain independent and safe, so decided to partner on new and existing services.

“What MedicAlert is looking for in the relationship is having a closer link with an organisation that can deliver products that are in the digital age,” Ms Davies said.

“They are looking to advance their products and services and give their customers and potential customers access to more information about assistive technologies.”

She said both organisations will work together on creating access for clients to information and enabling information to be shared.

“For people who are in situations where they are quite vulnerable, sometimes it's about just being get able to get access to information and knowing what's out there and available to give them,” she said. “Quite often these services aren't that well known.”

There was also a tie in that the MedicAlert bracelet and Tunstall's technology were both developed for personal reasons – the bracelet by a Californian doctor whose daughter had a severe allergic reaction, and Tunstall by an engineer who wanted to be able to monitor his mother while he was at work.

“It all makes sense,” Ms Davies said. “The good thing about our like-minded assistance is that it's cost-effective. These solutions have a small subscription once a year, access to jewellery or something you want to wear anyway, and then also 24-hour support wherever you are. It all made sense for us.”

Posted in Australian eHealth

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