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Healthsense to Deliver Home-Health Services to Seniors via Verizon’s FiOS Network

by ‎04-27-2011 02:47 PM - edited ‎04-27-2011 02:49 PM

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Editor’s note: Brian J. Bischoff, president and CEO of Healthsense, discusses an alliance between Heathsense and Verizon to bring wellness and health monitoring services to FiOS-equipped senior-living communities.

 

By Brian J. Bischoff

 

There’s no getting around it.  More Americans are getting grayer and grayer.

 

The Baby Boom generation – those Americans born between 1946 and 1964 -- continues its inexorable march toward official senior-citizen status, with estimates that the number of Americans over the age of 65 will blossom to about 70 million by the year 2030.

 

If you’re a Baby Boomer, you may already be thinking about future living arrangements that will help you remain independent and healthy in retirement.

 

Whether that home is an apartment building that caters to seniors, one of the many growing number of senior-living communities or an assisted-living facility, you and your family are probably looking for the latest and greatest in home wellness care.

 

You’ll be interested to know that the same Verizon fiber-optic network that delivers your FiOS entertainment services can also deliver innovative health care applications to apartments and communities.

 

Healthsense, a national leader in home healthcare solutions, is joining forces with Verizon and Verizon Enhanced Communities in bringing wellness-monitoring technology to FiOS-equipped senior and assisted-living communities.


Verizon’s rich and robust FiOS network is the perfect platform for launching wellness monitoring and aging-in-place services.  While the Healthsense solutions are not bandwidth-gobbling applications, the high-capacity of FiOS broadband opens the door to many other wellness applications, including remote physician visits through HD-quality video-conferencing. 

 

For example, Healthsense’s eNeighbor® remote monitoring system helps seniors remain independent, with the added goal of reducing the cost of care, and improves the overall experiences for seniors, their families and caregivers.  The eNeighbor system operates over a standard Wi-Fi connection and uses small wireless sensors that detect regular activities like opening the refrigerator, or walking into the kitchen.  The system looks for these “Activities of Daily Living” and learns the “routine” of a senior.  If levels of activity related to safety and wellness concerns are outside the normal range, the system automatically calls for help. 

 

For Healthsense, having the Verizon FiOS network already in place enables us to reach a wider base of communities more quickly.  The installation of Healthsense applications across the Verizon FiOS network is an excellent example of how cooperating technology solutions can improve lives and enhance communities.  

 

 


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