Posted on Nov 14, 2019, 12 p.m.
Demand for consumer voice assisted technologies seems to be increasing, especially in the space of AgeTech, leading to a host of startups looking to cash in and leverage the capabilities of products such as Amazon Echo, Google Home and Apple Homepod to support health and care services in the consumer’s home along with it’s other abilities.
LifePod Solutions has recently announced the launch of what the Boston based company claims is the first proactive voice caregiving service that is designed to improve the quality of life for both the care recipients and caregivers; this technology combines voice first user interface technologies, artificial intelligence, and personalization capabilities to enable families and professional caregivers to customize their support and allow real time monitoring of loved ones.
The tech provides the ability to customize voice dialogues that are proactively spoken out loud by a smart speaker in order to connect with and support the needs of those who require care. The care recipient will respond to each routine without needing to turn on or wake up the device, or need to remember how to say a command or ask a question, somewhat like a conversation; the tech service also allows caregivers to monitor responses remotely, which can be configured to also send text alerts if required.
“Our mission is to ease the burden of and offer greater peace of mind to caregivers while simultaneously providing their care recipients with an online service that’s not only easy to talk to but also helps them to stay healthy, both physically and emotionally, and to live independently longer.” says LifePod CEO and co-founder Stu Patterson.
The company indicates that this device is being used by providers including MobileHelp, HomeThrive, Wingate Healthcare, and Commonwealth Care Alliance; and LifePod is working with the American Heart Association’s Center for Health Technology & Innovation on a study examining the potential of such proactive voice caregiving technology’s ability to support care plan adherence among those suffering with chronic health conditions.
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