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Healthsense to provide remote monitoring to Fallon Health

Iain Morris
October 29, 2014
Healthsense has made further progress on the rollout of its remote monitoring technology, flagging a deal with Fallon Health that will see the service extended to adults living in the community rather than in nursing homes.

The company’s technology allows wireless devices to monitor the health and wellbeing of users and transmit data to caregivers and relatives on a regular basis.

Fallon (Worcester, MA, USA) provides one of the largest programs for all-inclusive care in the US and plans to use the technology for members who are receiving support in their own homes.

“By 2030 there will be 70 million people in the US over the age of 65, many of whom will have complex health conditions,” said Darcey Schoenebeck, the senior vice president of managed care for Healthsense (Mendota Heights, MN, USA). “The health care system is not prepared to provide the physician, nurse and long-term care services these people will need.”

“Home-based, technology-enabled care is a critical component of the solution going forward," added Schoenebeck. “Healthsense is on the leading edge of the remote patient monitoring movement, enabling our senior population to age where they want to in their homes.”

Fallon is to make use of Healthsense’s eNeighbor platform, which provides health status information by gather sensor-based data on sleep quality, movement, eating and other
“wellness” indicators.

The sensors are placed in a user’s home and are capable of quickly establishing normal activity levels for each user based on typical daily patterns, claims the company.

eNeighbor can detect behavior deviations and then send alerts to case managers for appropriate care intervention.

“This exciting technology will add another layer of health and safety monitoring for our participants, and even more peace of mind for their caregivers,” said David Wilner, medical director at Fallon Health. Our Summit ElderCare program already offers our participants who have complex care needs the medical and social support that helps them remain living safely and comfortably in their homes.”

“Healthsense adds unobtrusive monitoring that enhances our program,” he added. “It's a great partnership.”
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