Tech Beat: Royal Philips Acquires Blue Willow, Expands Senior Safety Portfolio

Royal Philips Acquires Blue Willow Systems Royal Philips acquired Blue Willow Systems, effectively expanding the Dutch health technology company’s resident safety solutions platform. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Blue Willow, a cloud-based senior living community resident safety platform, will complement Philips’ CarePoint 6.0 safety platform by providing customers with new solutions for resident […]

Fitbit Takes Aim at Chronic Conditions With New Health Care Platform

Hot on the heels of Apple’s recent play for seniors, wearable-technology company Fitbit (NYSE: FIT) is intensifying its efforts to prevent and manage certain chronic diseases. San Francisco-based Fitbit announced Wednesday the launch of Fitbit Care, a platform that combines health coaching and virtual care with Fitbit’s wearable devices to deliver personalized interventions. Though the […]

Apple Makes Play for Seniors With New Smartwatch Features

Technology giant Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) has unveiled a new version of its Apple Watch device that could shake up the senior living wearables landscape. The company detailed its plans for the new Apple Watch Series 4 during a special product event on Wednesday. In addition to hardware enhancements, the watch also sports a few new software tricks, […]

Tech Beat: OnShift Launches Text-Based Recruiting Software, K4Connect Partners with Large CCRC

OnShift Announces Text-Based Recruiting Software Cleveland-based OnShift launched a new text message service intended to streamline how senior care companies recruit new talent. OnShift Text2Hire will leverage artificial intelligence to automatically book interviews with job applicants via text message. This will allow hiring managers to schedule interviews and minimize no-shows by immediately engaging with candidates, […]

Smart Home Technology Becomes a Must-Have in Senior Living

From voice-activated technologies like Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home, to sensors that can track movement, to smart lights and thermostats, to wearable devices that monitor health indicators, the pieces are now in place to create comprehensive “smart home” environments in senior living — and doing so is a must, if companies want to be well-positioned […]

Heritage Senior Living to Test AI, Robots, Telehealth Through University Partnership

Heritage Senior Living is trying out some cutting-edge technology by working with a university—exemplifying an industry trend that has seen other providers do the same. The West Allis, Wisconsin-based senior living provider is partnering with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Partners for Health to bring to its residents virtual reality, a new therapy mat, telehealth programs and […]

Tech Beat: K4Connect Enhances K4Community, Eldermark Unveils New Marketing Automation

K4Connect Announces K4Community Enhancements Senior living technology company K4Connect has enhanced its flagship solution, K4Community. The new updates expand on the solution’s previous versions and add several new functions related to boosting staff efficiency and reducing rework. Specifically, the updates added new ways to create and publish in a single application, automate a community’s morning check in […]