CareAlert, CareGenesis: Review

The Basics

Product name: CareAlert 

Manufacturer / Distributor: CareGenesis

Compilation: 

This page contains our CareGenesis | CareAlert review.

 

 

Analyst Summary: CareGenesis CareAlert

The Basics

COMPANY CareGenesis, Corporation, previously CaregiverWatch, LLC
PRODUCT NAME CareAlert®
Compilation date 9/1/14
Website http://www.caregenesis.com

 

Background Factoids

General

Early-ish stage Florida company.

Analyst Notes

  • Focus is on developing an FDA approved medical device to "improve caregiver health" for 24/7 carer of dementia patients, using activity-tracking home sensors. Planning for FDA approval.
  • Target is live-in carers of dementia patients.
  • Based on relatively extensive academic clinical development program, funded by US government grants.
  • This product is designed for a quite different use case than most products in this report, and is very carefully but narrowly focused on this use case (24/7 dementia carers). While still in clinical trials, and  not yet FDA approved, it will be very useful for this demographic if well implemented.
  • Company anticipates that this product will be reimbursed by insurance companies, which would be a strong differentiator if it comes to pass.

 

Detailed Feature Set

Feature Type Product Characteristics
What job(s) does it do?  
Check Dad is generally OK. Watch for significant changes in daily routine No
Automatically detect (& promptly alert on) specific adverse events Some (eg door alerts)
Senior can summon help promptly in emergency No
Track wellness and health parameters No
Reduce stress for in-home caregivers, and allow them to sleep (rest) without worrying. Yes
   
Type of Monitoring  
1. Check general daily routine is more or less "normal". No
2. Watch what they do and when they do it, and catch unusual activity patterns No
3. Detect specific (adverse) events (eg tub, stove, get out of bed) Yes
4. Detect falls automatically No
5. 24/7 Human monitoring of activity patterns and sensor alerts No
   
Normal vs Abnormal  
Who decides what abnormal is (for alert on absence of stuff)? User
Is there AI support to help learn what is normal?? No
Required Techie-ness to set up "normal vs abnormal" Low-Medium
   
Who is the first (second etc) responder?  
For system triggered alerts In home carer
For senior calls for help N/A
   
Sensor approach  
Sensor family Security-type sensors + extras
Sensor types Motion sensors and custom "bed-occupancy" sensor
   
Senior interface  
Senior interface for general monitoring None
Senior can summon help promptly in emergency: which approach? N/A
   
Friends & Family interface  
Activity time line streams for individual sensors Yes
Red/green/yellow for status for individual sensors N/A
Open API No
Friends & Family interface platforms All interfaces currently on main control unit (base station)
Alert handling Designed for caregiver living in house. The interface screen does provide real time information to the caregiver.  In night mode, it will read out that the care recipient is in or out of bed.  There are audio and visual language notifications for the caregiver (i.e. the control panel will announce "In bed.", "Out of bed", "In kitchen", "in bathroom").  A timer is also displayed, and logical progression, customizable alarm notifications can be set by the caregiver for each zone.  If an alert does go off, the caregiver knows exactly where the care recipient is located.  There are exit door sensors as well in order to eliminate any unattended, out of home wanderings. In night mode, the system allows people other than the care recipient to move around the home without triggering alerts.  This is because the bed sensor is the first trigger for the recipient moving in that mode.  
   
Ownership issues  
Ease of Use & service Not tested. Still in development.
Installation: DIY or Professional Professional installer
   
Privacy & Security  
Data center robustness and maturity Data does not leave control  unit and senior's house. Thus privacy issues largely irrelevant.
Who owns the data Unclear, but unit is in possession of customer, so seems as though customer controls data and access to it.
Privacy policy None
   
Will it work in your house?  
Sensor range (max in air) 300 ft
Communication to data storage "cloud" (need at least one of these)  
Landline Not required
Cellular reception Not required
Home Internet & WiFi network Not required
   
Battery backup in base station (in case of power outage) Yes
   
Readiness  
Stage of deployment In Pilots
Company maturity & stability Startup. Based on research at University of Florida.
Published studies showing "it works" Limited studies, mainly showing useability, published as peer reviewed papers.
   
Acquiring it (July 2014)  
Countries available (or soon to be available) Pilots in Florida, USA. 
Two year costs* $1800 if purchased. $2040 if leased.
Where to Buy it Not yet final.
* typically 6 sensor package if have that.  
   
Techie stuff  
Sensor to base station communication prototcols Zigbee

 

 

 

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