10 Policy Principles for Unlocking the Potential of the Internet of Things
“The Internet of Things” encapsulates the idea that ordinary objects will be embedded with sensors and connected to the Internet. This excellent report highlights principles needed to maximize the considerable promise of economic growth and social well-being resulting from this technology trend.
The AbleData website provides objective information about assistive technology and rehabilitation equipment available from domestic and international sources to consumers, organizations, professionals, and caregivers within the United States. We serve the nation’s disability, rehabilitation, and senior communities.
AccessWireless.org, a service of CTIA, The Wireless Association®
Helps people with disabilities, seniors and their families to find a cell phone and service
MIT’s AgeLab is a multi-disciplinary team of researchers, business partners, universities, and the aging community to design, develop and deploy innovative technologies for better aging.
The Alzheimer’s Store
The Alzheimer’s Store is an Ageless Design company dedicated to providing products and information for those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease.
Assistive Devices, Inc.
ADI is an e-commerce website that offers products for the elderly and disables to assist them with activities of daily living. Their goal is allowing them to remain in their home as long as possible.
The Assistive Technology Blog
Provided by the Virginia Department of Education’s Training and Technical Assistance Center (T/TAC) at VCU.
BestBuy Health & Wellness Products
This large retail chain now carries Blood Pressure Monitors, Personal Monitoring Devices, Scales, Medication Reminders, and products for Hearing & Vision, Sleep & Stress Relief, Light Therapy, and Massage & Spa.
Simple, secure and super-efficient Bluetooth technology is creating huge opportunities in health and wellness. More than 40 million Bluetooth enabled health and medical devices are already in the market as of mid-2011, and the global market for wireless patient-monitoring equipment is expected to reach $9.3 billion by 2014, according to TechNavio. On mHealthTalk.com, also visit Healthcare meets Bluetooth Low Energy technology and CES in Pajamas.
Caring.com is a website for caregivers to find information about how to support aging relatives. The site provides tips and advice for managing medication and a search engine for finding nearby care providers.
This Intel-GE company is creating technology-based solutions that give people confidence to live independently, wherever they are.
If you work for a large corporation, you may have already heard of Castlight. Through its wellness programs, employers foot the bill so you can access information about the cost and quality of care, including physicians and hospitals. You can also shop for procedures and/ or book doctor’s visits.
Center for Technology & Aging
The Center is a non-profit affiliated with the Public Health Institute that promotes technologies that help older adults lead healthier lives and maintain independence. It identifies promising strategies to promote adoption, provides grant funding to test selected strategies, and disseminates best practices and lessons learned from grant making initiatives.
Center for Universal Design
NC State University’s Center for Universal Design is a national information, technical assistance, and research center that evaluates, develops, and promotes accessible and universal design in housing, commercial and public facilities, outdoor environments, and products.
Cisco Connected Health
This webpage is mostly about enabling local & remote team collaboration, patient examinations, and consultations while providing security, interoperability, device connectivity, and regulatory compliance, and enhancing the integration and management of medical device data.
Connected Living® introduces, enhances, and encourages communication with family and friends while reducing technology timidity and expanding educational and social opportunities with a simplified user interface and education.
Continua Health Alliance
Continua is a non-profit, open industry organization of more than 230 healthcare and technology companies joining together in collaboration to improve the quality of personal healthcare.
Digital Health Developer Resources
This list of resources is compiled by Paul Sonnier.
eCaring is a unique icon-based system for recording, monitoring, and managing home health care.
This website provides consumer electronics reviews focusing on products with senior friendly features (mostly boomers).
Fierce Mobile Healthcare
Tracking the Pulse of Mobile Technology in Healthcare (website & newsletter)
FONEMED provides 24×7 nurse triage & health information services to more than 2,300 client groups throughout North America and the Caribbean. These clients represent military & civilian government agencies, physician practices, benefits providers, hospitals, universities, TPAs, job corps centers, assistance hotlines, distributors/resellers, case management organizations and home healthcare monitoring organizations.
GrandCare Systems is a caregiving and communications TOOL, designed to enhance family and caregiving relationships while giving Loved Ones and their Care-Partners desired “peace of mind”, freedom, dignity and entertainment.
Hands On Telehealth
This website is an online resource for health professionals planning telehealth programs, founded by Nirav Desai
A one-stop source of products for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people, from assistive products like vibrating clocks and amplified phones to books and DVDs on sign language and improving interpreting skills.
Healthsense provides integrated systems, including eNeighbor®, which is based on a standard Wi-Fi platform for Personal Emergency Response Systems, Wi-Fi wireless nurse call and remote safety and wellness monitoring.
HealthTap is a Silicon Valley-based Q&A site for consumers to ask health-related questions, and receive answers from certified physicians. The provided information and education is vetted and peer-reviewed.
Seeking to build stronger relationships between patients and doctors, GE created healthymagination to gather, share and discuss healthy ideas. This website and community is about becoming healthier, through the sharing of imaginative ideas and proven solutions.
Honeywell HomMed, part of Honeywell’s Life Safety business unit, offers telehealth solutions and remote patient monitoring.
iMedicalApps provides reviews and commentary by medical professionals, serving practitioners, patients and analysts interested in mobile medical technology and health care apps.
Intel-GE Care Innovations
Care Innovations was formed from a combination of Intel’s Digital Health Group and GE Healthcare’s Home Health Division with the aim of being a catalyst for changing health care models. To do so, they create tech solutions that give people confidence to live independently.
International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP)
This is a membership-based organization for individuals and organizations focused on accessibility. They have a good newsletter you can subscribe to for free.
International Healthcare Technology (IHT)
An online magazine for healthcare IT industry professionals (Payor and Provider CIO’s and Healthcare IT managers) searching the Internet for Healthcare IT and Medical Hospital Technology news.
Health insurance giant Aetna acquired the parent company behind iTriage, a mobile and web application that helps patients take charge of their health. iTriange is best known for its free symptom checker, an easy way to find out whether a creepy-looking rash warrants a doctor’s visit. You can also use iTriage to locate the nearest hospital or doctor’s office and book an appointment.
JitterBug phone & LiveNurse service
A simplified phone providing unlimited, 24-hr health advice from an RN.
The universally designed Passport Series is a welcoming collection of kitchen and bath cabinets specially crafted for any needs regardless of age or disability.
LifeChronicles.org is a nonprofit that began simply as a way to preserve memories. It has grown into a remarkable way to bring healing and connection to families with loved ones – whether they be seniors or those facing serious illness – who are facing the end of life, and it allows them to do so with dignity, integrity, and respect.
Lumos Labs believes in improving brain function — and lives. Drawing on the latest neuroscience breakthroughs, they provide a simple online tool designed to help anyone achieve their brain’s full potential.
Making assistive and universally designed technology more available to Maine children and adults who need them.
Media Access Australia
An Australian nonprofit devoted to increasing media access for people with disabilities. Their tagline is “Inclusion through Technology.”
A technology blog by and for medical professionals with focus on smartphones in medicine and mobile health apps
Mobilizing Innovation for Glogal Health and working with diverse partners, the Alliance serves as a convener for the mHealth community to integrate mHealth into multiple sectors and overcome common challenges by sharing tools, knowledge, experience, and lessons learned.
David Doherty, cofounder of 3G Doctor, writes about the rapid adoption of 3G phones and medical apps
Jared Reitzin writes about mobile health applications and app development (most for industry versus consumers)
Microsoft Accessibility Guide for Boomers
Discover easy ways to customize your computer without downloading or purchasing anything.
HealthVault is working with doctors, hospitals, employers, pharmacies, insurance providers and manufacturers of health devices — blood pressure monitors, heart rate monitors and more — to make it easy for you to add information electronically to your HealthVault record. HealthVault is also the foundation of the US Surgeon General’s free PHR, My Family Health Portrait.
National Center for Accessible Media
A non-profit R&D organization dedicated to achieving media access equality for people with disabilities.
Open Doors Organization
This group is about opening doors for people with disabilities in transportation and tourism
Oregon Center for Aging and Technology
ORCATECH is a university research initiative that seeks to facilitate successful aging and reduce the cost of healthcare through research, technologies, partnerships, and supporting evidence.
Parent Technical Assistance Center NetworkThis website is about improving outcomes for children with disabilities and their families.
Medical Alert Service and Medication Dispensing Service
Raising the Floor
Making the web & mobile technologies accessible to everyone with disability, literacy and aging-related barriers, regardless of their economic status. They are compiling a master list of solutions for all known barriers and disability categories, including Blindness, Low Vision, Deaf & Hard of Hearing, Physical Disabilities, and Cognitive Issues.
Security of Mobile Devices in Healthcare
This SOPHOS white paper applies mostly to mobile devices used in enterprise settings. An easy solution is to store data remotely on servers and NOT on the phone/tablet itself.
SeniorNet is a 501(c)3 nonprofit focused on promoting computer access and use of older adults.
“Tech Enabled” is a series of CNET articles about the role technology plays in helping the disability community. Topics include robotics, smart home, and assistive technology and product features for accessible, independent living and eldercare
Tech Revolution Benefits the Aging
This excellent Kiplinger article shows that Aging-in-place technology is helping to improve the aging experience for seniors and family caregivers.
Technology for Aging in Place
Website by Laurie M. Orlov, Founder, Aging in Place Technology Watch.
Technology for Long Term Care
Helping healthcare professionals make informed decisions about Long-Term Care products
Technology Helps Seniors Remain at Home
Excellent Kiplinger article features many tech products for aging-in-place.
About all sorts of telemedicine, but pretty techie (mostly for the medical industry vs. consumers)
TERI (Training, Education & Research Institute)
TERI is a private, non-profit agency serving the needs of children and adults with autism and other developmental and learning disabilities, and their families.
Receive free, educational SMS text messages each week, timed to your due date or baby’s date of birth.
This commercial website provides universal design and accessibility products to consumers, contractors, and architects, primarily focused on bathroom projects.
Ultimate Guide to Digital Health Resources
This resource is for digital health startups and lists nearly 100 accelerators, incubators, challenges, competitions, hackathons, corporate labs open to startups, networks/communities, investors, investor match-making forums, conferences, etc.
This subscription-based service works with physicians to develop customized, daily “health sessions” and health and wellness concierge services in the convenience of their homes.
This Austin, TX based company makes low-cost easy-to-use equipment and systems for home health care and remote monitoring applications.
WebMD is the largest source of medical information on the Web, according to ComScore. It provides health information about dozens of conditions and includes feedback from certified physicians.WebMD provides health information, tools and support for managing your health.
Provides sensors and wellness monitoring solutions to provide meaningful and insightful physiological data to caregivers and family members
Today people around the world use Wi-Fi in countless ways at home, at work, and in mobile devices. Wi-Fi adoption continues to grow, and common goals still bind together more than 400 Wi-Fi Alliance member companies from dozens of countries. The Wi-Fi Alliance and Continua Health Alliance recently announced plans to collaborate on personal connected health.
WikiDoc allows a community of healthcare professionals to ‘co-create’ webpages in a way that does not require knowledge of HTML language or computer programming. As a result, numerous people can collaborate in writing articles, textbook chapters or news stories.
Wireless Life Sciences Alliance
This global trade organization that brings together business leaders, researchers, and wireless health companies to improve healthcare and accelerate business opportunities.
Wireless Sensor Networks for Healthcare
Wireless sensor networks for healthcare have emerged in the recent years, driven by the confluence between the need to collect data about people’s physical, physiological, psychological,cognitive,and behavioral processes in spaces ranging from personal to urban and the recent availability of the technologies that enable this data collection. This 14-page technical IEEE white paper presents application examples of wireless sensor networks for healthcare and challenges due to elevated requirements for trustworthyness, privacy and security. (Nov/2011)
Note that many of the websites listed include their own resource lists, so be sure to look there too. And of course you can do an online search search engine.