080 Smartwatches as Medical Alert Devices


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In This Episode:

Dr. K talks with Richard Caro, PhD, a co-founder of Tech-Enhanced Life, who recently spent a few weeks carefully testing and reviewing four types of smartwatches that can serve as medical alert devices in the event of a fall or other personal health emergency. They discuss:

  • The Tech-Enhanced Life approach to evaluating innovations and newer technologies
  • The problem with existing medical alert devices
  • What key things to consider, when choosing a personal emergency response system (PERS) device and service
  • Why Richard and Dr. K recommend automatic fall-detection in a medical alert device
  • Which four smartwatch devices Richard selected for further testing
  • The difference between the Apple Watch 3 and 4, when it comes to using them as a medical alert
  • Why most medical alert services charge a monthly fee
  • How these newer smartwatch devices compare to more traditional PERS devices
  • The benefits of being able to “practice” summoning help
  • Richard’s preferred combo of medical alert features that no smartwatch offers (yet)
  • What to keep in mind if considering a medical alert for someone with dementia

Related episodes:

068 Interview: Putting Older Adults at the Center of Technology Conversations

010 Interview: Choosing a Wearable Medical Alert System for Older Adults

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