SecuraFone Health–an app presented at CES 2013–allows around the clock monitoring of vitals, body position, activity and includes tracking with GPS. There are no wires involved.
The app can be used to trigger alerts to a 24/7 monitoring service, 911, or a person that has already been designated in the app. Alerts can also be manually triggered by holding the SOS button for 3 seconds.
The app has a wide range of applications. Like many products before it, one of the main markets for SecuraFone health is the elderly population.
In addition, the app can be used to monitor patients with any condition that can lead to a medical emergency indicated by a change in vitals.
GPS location and speed monitoring functionality can be used to monitor children and patients with dementia.
The data is received from a small sensor placed on the chest that communicates via low power Bluetooth. It measures heart rate, respiratory rate, skin temperature, body position, and activity. The data is stored in a cloud-based system to which the user can designate who has access. Access allows users to track historical data up to 90 days old.
For any of the vitals, limits can be set. When these limits are crossed, customized notifications are triggered. Notifications can go to emergency services, healthcare providers, caretakers, and anybody else that is designated to research a notification (presumably loved ones).
Notifications are sent by email and/or text message and there is no limit to the number of people who can receive them.
Having written about elderly emergency alert systems in the past, I understand that these systems basically allow loved ones to no longer constantly ask themselves, “What happens when an emergency happens and there is nobody around to help?” Usually this meant that loved ones had to physically carry around a device that alerted emergency services, though it was dependent upon themselves having to do it (with the exception of fall sensors).
With SecuraFone Health, you have all sorts of worrisome questions you no longer have to ask. “What if he has a heart attack and is too proud or stubborn to say anything?” “What if my mother with Alzheimer’s wanders off and is put in a dangerous situation?” “What if my son’s fever gets worse and I don’t notice in time?”
The list goes on.