We’ve all seen the commercials for medical alert pendants, enabling users to activate a monitoring service if they are in need of medical assistance for any reason. The typical product is a wearable device that enables one-touch communication with a central monitoring center. Vital Link, one such vendor, has recently added two new devices to their repertoire: a fall sensor and a mobile GPS unit.
We’ve previously covered fall monitoring technology utilizing the accelerometer in smartphones for fall detection and alerts. Similarly, the Vital Link product embeds similar functionality to that found in smartphones.
The fall sensor, a small pendant, automatically contacts Vital Link’s monitoring center after a sudden change in motion (indicating a fall). If there is no movement or change in tilt within 10 seconds, it is assumed that the patient is unconscious.
This new functionality provides benefits for patients that are unconscious or those that are unable to push their alert button on the pendant. It’s easy to see how this is beneficial as elderly patients who have fallen are not in a position to help themselves.
The mobile GPS unit is a voice unit that allows the patient to directly communicate with a Vital Link operator that has received their location. The voice works on AT&T’s cellular network while the location is calculated using satellite technology. The operator will send family, friends, or emergency personnel to the patient’s location depending on the needs of the patient.
Vital Link has various pricing options. Patients that subscribe to an annual plan including both devices will pay ($36.95 per month) with no activation fees. With shorter commitments the rates go up and activation fees apply. The month-to-month plan costs $41.95 per month with a $100 activation fee.
Source: Vital Link