Cisco, American Well Developing Telemedicine-Enabled TV for Seniors 

Multinational technology powerhouse Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) and privately held telemedicine company American Well are joining forces to turn consumers’ television sets into virtual doctor’s offices. Unlike telemedicine services that depend on tablets and similar mobile platforms, San Jose, California-based Cisco is reportedly in the early stages of creating a device meant to be […]

Home Instead Joins Employee Caregiver Benefit Conversation

Even though more and more companies have started to offer employee caregiver benefits, home care agencies aren’t always part of the equation. For example, companies like Starbucks (Nasdaq: SBUX) and Best Buy (NYSE: BBY) have turned to Care.com, a move that’s generated criticism from some industry leaders. They say verified home care providers — rather […]

Sanford-TytoCare Partnership Showcases Telehealth’s Evolution

Not too long ago, “telehealth” often meant connecting home- and community-based patients with their physicians via some sort of simple, tablet-like hardware. Today, however, the term can mean so much more — and at-home care providers need to start preparing their operations for a wave of new telehealth possibilities. TytoCare — which recently announced a […]

Starbucks, Best Buy and TripAdvisor Offer Employee Caregiver Benefits. Here’s Why Home Care Agencies Should Care.

Recognizing the competitive value of home care providers, a growing number of employers in various industries have started offering caregiving benefits as a way to improve workers’ attendance, morale and performance. While programs vary, they often offer employees a set number of subsidized care days per year — preventing workers from taking time off when […]

Best Buy Reaps Benefits from $800 Million GreatCall Acquisition

Retail giant Best Buy (NYSE: BBY) turned heads in August 2018 when it purchased GreatCall — a company that develops and sells smartphones, medical alert devices and other technology products designed to support older adults’ ability to age in place — for $800 million. At the time, the major investment was billed as a way […]

The Top Trends in Home Health Care for 2019

2018 was a banner year for the Medicare-certified home health care industry. Big providers got even larger through creative mergers and acquisitions. Admissions and utilization numbers held strong. New telehealth opportunities started to emerge. And, in general, revenues remained high. The upcoming year brings much uncertainty, however, with the main culprit being the Patient-Driven Groupings […]

GreatCall, Lyft Take Aging in Place Transportation Program Nationwide

The vast majority of America’s older adults hope to remain in their homes and communities as they age. That’s often only possible, however, when they are able to independently leave their homes when needed. To help them do so, San Diego-based GreatCall, a wholly owned subsidiary of Best Buy (NYSE: BBY), is ramping up its […]

How Apple’s New Smartwatch Could Help Home-Based Care Providers

Technology powerhouse Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) on Wednesday gave tech lovers a peek at its redesigned and re-engineered Apple Watch product. By touting the device’s updated health capabilities, such as a new fall-detection feature and heart rate sensor, Cupertino, California-based Apple likely caught the attention of home-based care providers, too. Curbing re-hospitalizations and emergency department visits […]

Best Buy Continues Senior Tech Push with $800M GreatCall Acquisition

Making moves to become a larger force in aging-in-place technology, retail giant Best Buy (NYSE: BBY) has agreed to acquire GreatCall for $800 million in cash. GreatCall has developed and sells senior-friendly smartphones, smartwatches, medical alert devices and other technology to support and extend older adults’ independence. “[Best Buy] has recently been investing in health-related […]