Aging in Place Positioned to ‘Upend’ Senior Housing

More than three out of every four Americans age 50 and older say they prefer to remain in their current community — and likely their individual homes — for as long as possible, according to AARP statics. Combined with technologies that enable aging in place, that preference is positioned to “upend” the U.S. senior housing […]

Amazon Unlikely to Pose Immediate Threat to At-Home Care Companies

Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) may be charting its own course to in-home care, but the Seattle-based retail and technology giant is unlikely to threaten traditional in-home care providers anytime soon. Nonetheless, providers would be remiss to ignore Amazon’s actions, according to long-time home care leader Mark Heaney. “Amazon makes no small plans, [but] I wouldn’t lose […]

Amazon Rolls Out In-Home Care Offering ‘Amazon Care’

Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) has launched a new virtual care clinic, which will give employees access to telehealth and in-home care, according to CNBC. While public details are relatively sparse, the move potentially sets Amazon up for a broader expansion down the road. The goal of the pilot program — called Amazon Care — is to […]

Senators to Introduce Assistive Technology Bills for Aging in Place

U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) plan to introduce new legislation to make assistive technology more accessible to seniors and people with disabilities. The goal is to make it easier for people to age in place. “Survey after survey indicates that seniors envision themselves living independently at home in their own community […]

Comcast Developing In-Home Health Monitoring Device

Already in millions of homes across the United States through its cable and internet services, telecommunications giant Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is developing a new in-home health monitoring device capable of detecting falls — and potentially preventing hospital readmissions. While details are scarce at this point, the device is purposefully built with at-home health care in […]

Amazon: HIPAA-Compliant Alexa Skills ‘Just the First Step’ in Disrupting Health Care

Earlier this year, Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) made waves when it rolled out new software that makes its Alexa device HIPAA-compliant. The new skills kit allows select patients and health care organizations to securely transmit sensitive medical information — often from the comfort of one’s own home. While the implications of the skills have the home-based […]