What is PERS?

What is a Personal Emergency Response System?

Personal Emergency Response systems (PERS), also known as medical emergency response systems (or medical alarms), allow users to call for help when in an emergency situation by pushing a button on a wearable device, making it simple and effective for the elderly or others with limited cognitive abilities when in a stressful situation. In recent years the industry has introduced mPERS (mobile PERS) allowing this technology to be used outside the home whilst still providing emergency help to active users as they go about their daily activities. VIDAPOINT is the next technological step in this field and provides a significant improvement for the user and more widespread availability worldwide due to lower implementation costs.

Accidents happen every day. But whilst for a younger person a fall usually has no lasting effects, for older individuals it can mean serious, even life-threatening injury, beyond the fall itself. People who lie helpless for hours or days can suffer serious complications, including but not limited to dehydration, hypothermia, pressure ulcers, muscle breakdown, and renal failure. There’s no guarantee that in the event of a fall a person will be within reach, or physically capable of reaching a phone to call for help. VIDAPOINT can detect falling and automatically place an emergency call.

Another situation in which VIDAPOINT can be the difference between life and death is in the case of a stroke (the fifth leading cause of death in the United States) or a heart condition (the first cause). The chance of having a stroke approximately doubles for each decade of life after age 55, particularly for women. When a stroke or cardiac arrest occurs, time is of the essence. Treatment needs to be administered as fast as possible to minimize the damage, which means that minutes can potentially separate life and death.

The worldwide personal emergency response market is growing by the day!

Emergency response systems are used worldwide but due to the high initial cost of provisioning the service it is mostly available in the US and a few other countries. Studies report that the availability of PERS enhance the quality of life by reducing anxiety about falling and improve confidence in performing everyday activities. The systems also provide older adults with a sense of security knowing they can get help and speak to an individual in an emergency. A majority of users find it acceptable and simple to use, with little or no need for extensive training.

The overall personal emergency response system market is projected to exhibit a lucrative growth potential in the years ahead as the aging population expands and interest in the benefits (life quality and cost saving) of the service become more widespread. The increasing aging population and adoption of emergency response as a supportive tool for independent living, technological developments in healthcare wearables, advancement in communication and connectivity technologies, and mobility benefits are the major driving factors for the PERS market.

It is estimated that between 2012 and 2050 the proportion of individuals 65 years and older will nearly double.

VIDAPOINT is an important tool, which caters to elders in need of immediate medical attention. Apart from receiving help during an emergency, VIDAPOINT can also be used by people to ensure safety and security when living or traveling alone. VIDAPOINT is a boon for elders who live alone at home for long hours and for seniors who suffer from diseases such as Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and heart conditions. The personal emergency response system market is acclaimed by doctors, hospitals, and well known healthcare organizations such as the American Heart Association (US) and the American Association of Retired Person (US).

The emergency response market is currently in its increasing growth phase and is expected to grow further because of the increasing aging population and awareness of independent healthcare devices in the coming years. The market is expected to rise from USD 6.61 Billion in 2017 to USD 9.22 Billion by 2023, at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 5.7% between 2017 and 2023.

VIDAPOINT is an important tool, which caters to elders in need of immediate medical attention. Apart from receiving help during an emergency, VIDAPOINT can also be used by people to ensure safety and security when living or traveling alone. VIDAPOINT is a boon for elders who live alone at home for long hours and for seniors who suffer from diseases such as Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and heart conditions. The personal emergency response system market is acclaimed by doctors, hospitals, and well known healthcare organizations such as the American Heart Association (US) and the American Association of Retired Person (US).

The emergency response market is currently in its increasing growth phase and is expected to grow further because of the increasing aging population and awareness of independent healthcare devices in the coming years. The market is expected to rise from USD 6.61 Billion in 2017 to USD 9.22 Billion by 2023, at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 5.7% between 2017 and 2023.

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